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Richmond officer's fiancée shares love, hope in 1st Facebook post since shooting

Sierra Neal, the fiancée of injured Officer Seara Burton, posted to publicly thank everyone for their support Sunday morning on her Facebook page.

RICHMOND, Ind. — As a Richmond police officer clings to life in a Dayton, Ohio hospital, the woman she is engaged to marry showed her strength in the face of tragedy with a social media post Sunday.

Sierra Neal, the fiancee of injured Officer Seara Burton, posted to publicly thank everyone for their support Sunday morning on her Facebook page.

Burton, a K-9 handler, remains in critical condition after she was shot at close range during a traffic stop on Wednesday, Aug. 10. As her K-9 partner was checking the suspect's moped for drugs, the suspect, Phillip Lee, fired at Burton and a fellow officer, striking Burton.

Neal said in her post, "Seara is the strongest person I know and she continues to prove that every single day. She is the most beautiful human inside and out and anyone who has ever been lucky enough to know her will tell you the same."

Neal ended her post with, "Seara Burton I love you more than anything in this entire world and I am so very proud of you. You are my person." 

According to a Richmond Police spokesman, Burton remained in critical condition Monday morning.

The Richmond Police Department is warning of potential fraudulent fundraisers online. The department is asking people to instead donate at the Richmond City Employees Federal Credit Union on the 2nd floor of the Richmond City Building.

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Credit: Richmond City Employees Federal Credit Union

Lee now has a date for his first appearance in the case. He is expected in court Friday afternoon.   

On Wednesday, the judge appointed an attorney to represent him. Lee is charged with two counts of attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and several other drug charges.

   

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