Richmond, Ind– An East Indiana Police officer was seriously injured and one person was injured in a shootout that followed a possible narcotics search, officials said.
State police said in a release that Richmond Police Department officer Sira Burton responded to a call from other officers at around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, assisting in stopping a man riding a moped.
Police said Burton stopped the 47-year-old moped rider. Burton’s K-9 companion, Brev, was used to check around the moped and police said the dog indicated the possible presence of narcotics.
“During the traffic stop, the suspect drew a weapon and fired several shots,” State Police Sgt. Scott Keegan told the reports.
Burton was injured. Police said other officers retaliated and the man was apprehended after a brief foot chase.
Burton, 28, was taken by ambulance to a regional hospital and then to a hospital in Dayton, Ohio, where she was listed in critical condition. She is a four-year veteran of the Richmond Dept.
“It’s painful,” Richmond Police Chief Mike Britt said. “One of the things we’ve dealt with tonight is this worst case scenario. There are secondary victims. I’ve got emotionally injured officers.
Police said the moped rider was treated by the authorities and taken to the hospital by ambulance. He was arrested and a prosecutor will review the case for possible charges.
The investigation was ongoing by the Indiana State Police.