Richmond police officer to be taken off life support on Thursday

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Richmond Police Officer Seara Burton will be taken off life support on Thursday, Sep. 1, according to a Facebook post from the Richmond Police Department.

According to the post, Officer Burton’s injuries have been determined to be unrecoverable. Burton is an organ donor, and thus will be able to continue being a hero, says the police department.

Burton’s family allowed the release of this information and is grateful for the outpouring of support, say police. Chief Michael Britt will release more information when it becomes available.

Officer Burton was shot earlier this month during a traffic stop. Court documents say Phillip Lee refused to take his hands out of his pockets before pulling a gun, shooting Burton, firing at the other officers, and running. He was shot by an officer returning fire, and was captured in short order. The other officers were not injured.

Lee faces three counts of attempted murder, along with weapons and drug charges. His bond is set at 1-million dollars.


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