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Indiana police officers 'fight for their lives' after traffic stop firing. Suspect hospitalized

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An Indiana police officer is "fighting for his life" after he was shot during a traffic stop Wednesday night, also injuring the shooter, officials said

Richmond Police K-9 Officer Seara Burton, 28, was seriously injured in a shooting that occurred around 6:30 pm. Near North 12th Street and C Street, Richmond Police Chief Mike Britt said.

"My officer is in great danger and fighting for his life," Britt told reporters Wednesday night. "Whoever prays, please pray for her." . This moped was being driven by a man whom authorities later identified as his 47-year-old Philip M. Lee. said the Indiana State Police.

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Burton's K-9 partner Brev conducted the open-sniff of the air around the moped andindicated that drugs might be present, police said. 92}

Burton, pictured with her K-9 partner Brev, was in very critical condition after a suspect shot her during a traffic stop Wednesday evening, police said.

Burton and K-9 Photo by Police His partner, Blev, was in critical condition after being shot by a suspect during a traffic stop on Wednesday night. (Indiana State Police)

While the officer was talking to Lee, he pulled out a firearm and said he fired multiple shots at the officer. It is

Police said other officers opened fire after Barton was shot. Lee fled the scene on foot and led officers on a short foot chase before being caught. 

The shooting unfolded during a traffic stop near North 12th Street and C Street in Richmond, Indiana, on Wednesday.

Wednesday 12 North of Richmond, Indiana Chome and his C street. (FOX59 Indianapolis WXIN)

Officers were treated for gunshot wounds before Lee was taken to Reed Hospital. 

Burton was taken to a local hospital before being airlifted to a hospital in Dayton, Ohio, police said. Updates on her condition were not immediately available.

Burton was recently promoted to K-9 handler status and is due to get married next weekend, according to Britt.


The prosecutor will review the case and determine the actual criminal liability. 

Indiana State Police are investigating the shooting at the request of the Richmond Police Department.