(9-6-22) On Thursday, September 1, 2022, Officer Seara Burton was taken off of life support, with plans of organ donation scheduled. After she was taken off life support she continued to breath on her own, on Saturday she was transferred from Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton to a hospice facility in the Richmond, Indiana area.

Fallen Richmond K-9 Officer To Be Taken Off Of Life Support

Richmond (Indiana) K-9 Officer Flown To Miami Valley Hospital After Shooting

From Richmond Police Department Saturday, September 3, 2022

Officer Seara Burton has been transferred from the Intensive Care Unit at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton to a hospice facility in the Richmond area today. She will continue receiving excellent care and be surrounded by her family. The family is grateful for all of the community support but does request privacy at this time. Please be respectful of the family’s wishes while they spend this precious time with Seara.


  • Chief Michael Britt
  • Major Jon Bales
  • Major Aly Tonuc

Burton was shot by Phillip Lee (47) on August 10th. Burton was called in to assist with her police dog, which indicated the possible presence of narcotics.

Prosecutors have filed three attempted murder charges against Lee who has has been held in jail on a $1.5 million bond. He pleaded not guilty during an initial court appearance.