Chief: Officer survives surgery, but still fighting for life

On Thursday night, Richmond Police Chief Mike Britt provided an update on wounded Officer Seara Burton and the impact of that “whirlwind 24 hours” on the department. Britt said Burton is still in extremely critical condition at a Dayton hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to her head. “Surgery has been performed and she is initially showing slight signs of responsiveness,” Britt said. “She has not regained consciousness and is still fighting for her life.” Indiana State Police took command of the scene and the investigation after suspect Phillip M. Lee allegedly shot Burton, who also serves as a K9 handler, during a traffic stop.

Little League team heading to World Series

Team Indiana (Hagerstown) defeated Team Kentucky (London) Thursday in the championship game of the Great Lakes regional in an extra inning thriller. With the game tied at 3-3, in the bottom of seventh inning, Graham Vinson delivered a walk off single to drive Jake Troutwine across the plate for a 4-3 win. It is the first time since 2012 that an Indiana Team has advanced to Little League World Series.

7:30 p.m. update: ‘Blue Friday’ clothing at RCS, banner, tourney, shirts among signs of support for officer

Richmond Community Schools has designated Friday as “Blue Friday,” and several area school districts are encouraging blue clothing Friday. such as Western Wayne, Northeastern, Nettle Creek and Centerville-Abington. While Friday has traditionally been “red and white day,” RCS officials encourages its students, employees and community members to wear blue to show their support for Officer Seara Burton and the brave first responders who show community support daily. “We extend our thoughts and prayers to Officer Burton and her family during these troubling times,” Superintendent Dr. Curtis Wright said. “To our courageous first responders, RCS will always stand with you just as you have always stood with us.”

At a glance: Area leaders share well wishes for wounded RPD officer

Current and former Richmond residents as well as first responders around the region have taken to social media to lament the shooting of Richmond Police Department Officer Seara Burton and indicate they are praying for her recovery. Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter issued a statement Wednesday night, saying he was praying for Burton and others affected. “Our entire agency is devastated by the news of the shooting of Officer Burton. I’m staying in constant communication with RPD to lend support in any way. The Indiana State Police are conducting a full investigation and we must respect that process and respect those involved.

Updated: Friday prayer vigil planned on south end of city building for wounded officer

Wayne County resident Jamie Terhaar has announced a Friday night prayer vigil to support wounded Richmond Police Department Officer Seara Burton. The vigil is to take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, outside Richmond Municipal Building, 50 N. Fifth St., Richmond. City officials announced Thursday afternoon that the vigil will be in the employee parking lot next to the south doors of the city building, not by the basement doors where the police department entrance is located. They want to leave the doors to the police station open so their work can continue during the vigil.

Fund started to help wounded officer, family

The Richmond City Employees Federal Credit Union has begun taking donations for Richmond Police Department Officer Seara Burton who was wounded Wednesday evening during a traffic stop at North 12th and C streets. On Wednesday evening, she was in “very critical condition” after being flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. No updates have been provided about her condition today. Donors are asked to make checks payable to “Blue Angels.”

They can be delivered to the credit union inside Richmond Municipal Building, or mailed to its address, 50 N. 5th St., Richmond, IN 47374. Donations also can be made via Venmo.

9 a.m. update: Police update spelling of suspect’s name

As announced before 1 a.m. Thursday, ISP has identified the suspect in the shooting of Richmond Police Department Officer Seara Burton as 47-year-old Phillip M. Lee of Richmond. At 7 a.m. Thursday, ISP corrected the spelling of Lee’s first name, adding one “L.” Police have not issued an update on Burton’s health as of Thursday morning. During a Wednesday night press conference at the shooting scene at North 12th and C streets, she was described as being in “very critical condition.” Richmond Police Department Chief Mike Britt was among those asking for prayers for her.

1 a.m. update: ISP releases suspect’s name, details on traffic stop before officer shooting

While officers were speaking with a man whose moped had been stopped, he shot several rounds toward officers, police said, leaving a Richmond Police Department officer “in very critical condition” Wednesday night. Indiana State Police is investigating the officer-involved shooting that took place shortly after 6:30 p.m. on the city’s north side. Richmond Police K9 Officer Seara Burton, a 28-year-old Northeastern High School alumna, was wounded after responding to a call from other officers to assist with a traffic stop in the area of North 12th and C streets. Burton located the vehicle, which was a moped being ridden by an adult male, and made a traffic stop at that location. During the traffic stop, Burton’s K9 partner Brev was used to conduct an open-air sniff around the moped and indicated the possible presence of narcotics, according to a news release from Sgt.

Richmond police chief: Pray for shot officer

Richmond Police Chief Mike Britt asked for prayers for the four-year officer who was in “very critical condition” after being shot Wednesday night during a traffic stop, saying the department is devastated. The suspect fired multiple shots before being chased and apprehended, said ISP Sgt. Scott Keegan, nothing the suspect also was shot. Keegan emphasized there is no danger to the public at this time since there was only one suspect involved. Britt expressed gratitude for a couple of prayer groups that came to the scene.

Little League’s Team Indiana moves to Championship game!

The rain delay Monday did nothing to dampen the resolve of Team Indiana on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and as usual, it was a complete team effort. The purple gang defeated Team Kentucky by the final score of 3-1. Marshal Mastin (KY) and Kaden Hall (IN) hooked up in a pitchers’ duel. Mastin only surrendered one base hit, striking out nine.