Richmond officer Seara Burton will be removed from life support today

RICHMOND — Today, Richmond police officer Seara Burton will be removed from life support, according to the Richmond Police Department.

“Seara will live on and continue to be a hero with her selfless gift of organ donation. Officer Burton will continue to serve others long after her passing. Final arrangements for Officer Burton will be released in the coming days,” according to a press release by Richmond Police Department.

Officer Seara Burton

On August 10, Burton responded to assist other officers with a traffic stop near North 12th Street and C Street in Richmond.

Burton stopped a man riding a moped and used her K-9 partner, Brev, to conduct an open-air sniff. Brev was alerted to the possible presence of narcotics.

While officers were talking with the suspect, Phillip M. Lee, 47, of Richmond, Lee pulled out a firearm, fired several rounds at officers, and struck Burton. Other officers returned fire, hitting Lee and he ran.

Lee was later apprehended after a chase.

According to Britt, Burton suffered a gunshot wound to her head.

Burton is a 2012 graduate of Northeastern High School in Fountain City and a four-year veteran of the Richmond Police Department.