The funeral procession Monday for an eastern Indiana police officer who died after being shot in the head during a traffic stop will follow US 40 to Indianapolis, his department said.
The funeral of Officer Seara Burton, 28, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Richmond High School. After the funeral, the motorcade will transport her body to Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, where she will be buried in a section dedicated to public safety heroes.
The motorcade will travel from the high school through local streets to stop in front of the Richmond Police Department for Burton’s last call, then continue under a garrison flag to Richmond before reaching US 40 for the approx. 65 miles (105 kilometers) west. in Indianapolis.
A public display will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Richmond Municipal Building.
The four-year Richmond Department veteran was seriously injured in the Aug. 10 shooting. She was transferred to hospice care, two days after being taken off life support on September 1 at a hospital in Dayton, Ohio.
Prosecutors have charged Phillip Matthew Lee, 47, with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of drug possession for methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon . He pleaded not guilty.
Authorities said officers arrested Lee and called Burton to help with his police dog. The dog indicated the possible presence of narcotics. Court documents say that while officers were speaking with the rider, he pulled out a gun and opened fire at officers, shooting Burton. Other officers returned fire and he fled. Lee was apprehended after a brief foot chase.
No other officers were shot.
Lee was treated for gunshot wounds, police said.