Officials: Indiana police officer shot and killed in August has died

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) – An eastern Indiana police officer who was shot in the head during a traffic stop in…

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana police officer who was shot in the head during a traffic stop in August has died more than two weeks after being taken off life support, authorities said.

Richmond Police Officer Cira Burton died Sunday evening at Reid Health in Richmond, surrounded by her family, the department said in a statement posted on Facebook.

“We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Richmond community and those who have supported Cira, her family and the department from near and far,” several officials said in a statement.

Burton was seriously injured in the shooting on August 10. The 28-year-old officer was transferred to hospice two days after she was taken off life support at a hospital in Dayton, Ohio, on Sept. 1.

Burton was a four-year veteran of the department in Richmond, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) east of Indianapolis.

Prosecutors charged Phillip Matthew Lee, 47, with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of possession of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin and possession of a firearm by a serious felon. He pleaded not guilty.

Authorities said the officers stopped Lee and called Burton to help with her police dog. The dog indicated the possible presence of narcotics. Court documents say that while the officers were talking to the rider, he pulled out a gun and opened fire on the officers, shooting Burton. Other officers returned fire and he fled. Lee was apprehended after a short chase.

No other officers were shot.

Lee was treated for gunshot wounds, police said.

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