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Man accused of shooting Richmond police officer out of hospital, extradited to Indiana

Phillip Lee is charged with three counts of attempted murder in the shootings that wounded Officer Seara Burton.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio — Phillip Lee, the man accused of critically wounding a Richmond police officer during a shooting, is out of an Ohio hospital and has been extradited back to Indiana.

At a hearing Tuesday, Lee waived his legal rights and all other procedures incidental to extradition.

Lee was released from the hospital over the weekend and moved to jail.

On Wednesday, an Indiana Department of Correction spokesperson confirmed Lee was in IDOC custody at the Miami Correctional Facility.

He is charged with three counts of attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and several other drug charges. He is accused of shooting Richmond Police K-9 Ofc. Seara Burton during a traffic stop on Aug. 10. 

According to court documents, Burton and her K-9 partner Brev were called to assist officers with a search after they believed Lee conducted a drug transaction in a garage. Police said while conducting an "open-air sniff" around Lee's moped, Brev indicated the possible presence of narcotics.

According to court documents, while officers were speaking with Lee, he allegedly pulled out a concealed firearm and shot several rounds toward officers. Court documents claim video of the incident shows Lee aiming at the officers' "head and facial areas." Burton was struck by the gunfire. An officer next to her was nearly shot in the head. Other officers on the scene returned fire, and Lee shot at them as he ran away.

Credit: Richmond Police Department

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After a brief foot chase, Lee was shot and apprehended on the porch of the home where he lived. Police said the gun he used was a 9mm with a 10-round magazine.

Lee made his initial appearance on a video conference from his hospital bed in Dayton, Ohio in mid-August. A judge asked Lee questions about his educational background and if he planned to hire his own attorney. 

Prosecutors filed a third attempted murder charge against Lee for shooting at a third officer in the Aug. 10 incident. With the additional charge, the judge raised Lee’s bond to $1.5 million.

Court records show Lee has an extensive rap sheet over the past 28 years, including violent crimes. For that reason, the judge set his bail at $1.5 million.

His jury trial is set to begin on Dec. 27. 

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