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Richmond police officer has died five weeks after line of duty shooting

officer in uniform stands with dog
Richmond Police Department
Richmond K-9 Officer Seara Burton succumbed to her injuries Sept. 18, 2022.

Funeral details have been set for Richmond K-9 Officer Seara Burton. She'll be laid to rest Monday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m.

The service will be held at Richmond High School followed by a procession to Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. There she'll be buried in the Heroes of Public Safety garden. A viewing is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Richmond City Building.

The visitation and funeral will be open to the public, and the police department says people are invited to line the procession route as well.

Burton died Sunday, Sept. 18. She'd been under hospice care after being taken off life support following a shooting Aug. 10.

Burton was shot in the head while responding to a traffic stop in Richmond, Ind. The 28-year-old was a four-year veteran of the Richmond department.

The department announced her passing in a statement on Facebook.

"It is with profound sadness that we announce that Officer Seara Burton #140/K9-2 passed away at 9:59 p.m. tonight at Reid Health surrounded by her family. She succumbed to the injury she received in a criminal act that occurred on August 10th, 2022," reads a statement from Chief Michael Britt, and majors Jon Bales and Aly Tonuc.

Police leadership say funeral details are pending.

"The family is extremely grateful for the massive amount of support from the community. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time."

A procession is planned for Monday afternoon to return her remains to Richmond following an autopsy in Dayton, Ohio.

Prosecutors have filed three attempted murder charges against the man accused of shooting Burton, Phillip Matthew Lee. He's also charged with four other drug and firearms offenses.

Updated: September 21, 2022 at 12:35 PM EDT
This story has been updated with funeral and visitation details.
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