RICHMOND Ind. – Richmond Police Officer Seara Burton passed away Sunday night, more than five weeks after she was critically injured in a shooting, Richmond Police Chief Michael Britt announced.
In a statement, Britt said Burton died at 9:59 p.m. at Reid Health surrounded by her family. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced when details are available, Britt said.
“We would sincerely like to thank the Richmond community, and those who have supported Seara, her Family, and the Department from near and far. Thank you to all of those who have shown unbelievable support throughout this very difficult time including the Dayton Police Department, The Indiana State Police, Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police, Richmond Fire Department and Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, as well as many other agencies.”
“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.”
Burton was taken off life support on Thursday, Sept. 1, after being shot during a traffic stop. Burton was transferred to hospice care on September 3rd.
“Today is a sad day for everyone, please help us honor and remember Seara as the fighter and warrior she has shown us all these last few weeks.”
“Our hearts are shattered as we learn of the passing of Officer Seara Burton,” Richmond Mayor Dave Snow said in a statement on social media. “Officer Burton fought like a warrior through every minute of this battle. Her endearing spirit, professional service, and shining personality will live with us for years to come.”
Snow said the lights at the Richmond City Building will be turned off beginning Monday night, flags will be lowered at all city buildings, and is asking Governor Holcomb to request all flags in Indiana to be lowered to honor Officer Burton.
Governor Holcomb also released a statement:
“Our hearts are heavy as we grieve alongside Officer Seara Burton’s family, colleagues, loved ones and the Richmond community she so nobly served. Officer Burton dedicated four years and her life to the Richmond Police Department and lived the oath she took to serve and protect to the fullest.
Janet and I send our condolences to Officer Burton’s family and loved ones as they search for peace and strength from a power greater than all we can muster.”
The Richmond Police Department and multiple other agencies will escort Officer Burton home from Dayton.
They will take I-75 North from Dayton onto I-70 West. In Richmond, it will pass Officer Burton’s police car at the city building before ending at Rhe Doan and Mills Funeral Home.
Anyone who wants to show support for Officer Burton and the Richmond Police Department can find a safe location along the route. People are asked not to stop or park along the interstate.
The procession is set to leave the Dayton area at 1:30 p.m.