Police Officer Seara Burton

Police Officer Seara Burton

Richmond Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, September 18, 2022

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Seara Burton

Police Officer Seara Burton succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained while conducting a traffic stop on August 10th, 2022.

Other officers had requested her assistance to stop a moped being driven by a narcotics suspect in the 200 block of N 12th Street. Officer Burton had deployed her canine partner, Brev, who indicated to the presence of narcotics in the moped. As officers began to search the vehicle, the man pulled out a concealed handgun and opened fire, striking Officer Burton in the head. The man was shot and wounded by other officers before he fled on foot.

The suspect was taken into custody following a brief foot pursuit. In June 2024, he died in prison before his trial.

Officer Burton was flown to Miami Valley Hospital where she remained on life support until September 1st. She was taken to a hospice facility on September 3rd and succumbed to her wounds on September 18th, 2022, when her organs were donated.

Officer Burton had served with the Richmond Police Department for four years. She is survived by her fiancée, mother, and stepmother. Officer Burton was shot nine days before her scheduled wedding date to her fiancée.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 140

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, August 10, 2022
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Arrested

narcotics, Organ Donor, parolee, traffic stop, vehicle search

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Officer Burton, the POS that took your life has now taken his own. Although this doesn’t take the pain from your loved ones at least we know that he’ll never be able to destroy lives ever again.
I pray for your peace and the peace of your family

Mary Riddle Former Parole Officer
OH Dept of Rehab and Corrections

June 23, 2024

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