Local News Headlines: August 12, 2022

Richmond Police Officer Shot During a Traffic Stop
At the request of Chief Michael Britt of the Richmond Police Department, the Indiana State Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a Richmond Police Officer in very critical condition. This evening at approximately 6:30pm, Richmond Police K-9 Officer Seara Burton responded to a call from other officers to assist with a traffic stop in the area of  North 12th Street and C Street. Officer Burton located the vehicle, which was a moped being ridden by an adult male, and made a traffic stop at that location. During the traffic stop, Officer Burton’s K9 partner Brev was used to conduct an open-air sniff around the moped and indicated the possible presence of narcotics.

The suspect was identified as 47-year old, Philip M. Lee of Richmond. While officers were speaking with Lee he allegedly pulled out a firearm and shot several rounds toward officers. Officer Burton was struck by the gunfire. Other officers on the scene returned fire and Lee fled on foot. After a brief foot chase, Lee was apprehended.  He was treated for gunshot wounds by the officers and later transported by ambulance to Reid Hospital in Richmond. 

28-year year old, Officer Burton was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and later airlifted to a hospital in Dayton Ohio where she was listed in very critical condition. She has served with Richmond Police Department for four years.

This investigation is active and ongoing. Detectives expect to be on the scene for several more hours. All information released is preliminary and subject to change as evidence dictates. The suspect in custody has been arrested on probable cause, the Wayne County Prosecutor will determine actual criminal charges upon review of the case. 

*Criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Update to shooting investigation in Bloomington
The Bloomington Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred in the 1600 block of N Kinser Pike. On July 27th at approximately 4:50am, officers responded to Kinser Flats Apartments in reference to a 911 caller reporting that they had located a man inside an apartment that they believed to be deceased. Upon the arrival of officers, a man was located inside a bedroom of an apartment on the first floor with an apparent gunshot wound. Officers immediately initiated life-saving efforts and an ambulance crew arrived shortly thereafter and assumed care of the victim. However, resuscitation efforts were not successful and it was determined that the man was deceased. He was identified as a 28 year-old man that lived in the apartment.

Investigators interviewed numerous individuals throughout the building and reviewed surveillance camera footage. Several apartments were searched and officers located items of evidentiary value in multiple locations. Upon the completion of interviews, it was determined that a male suspect and the victim had gotten into an argument in the bedroom of the victim’s apartment. It was reported that during the argument, the suspect produced a handgun and fired one round, which struck the victim in the head. The victim collapsed to the floor and the suspect then exited the apartment with the handgun still in his possession. Witnesses stated that the suspect later fled from the building.

Investigators were eventually able to identify the suspect as Kendrick Q. Webb (23, transient). Through a variety of investigative techniques, it was determined that Webb had fled to the Chicago area. On August 10th at approximately 2:30pm, BPD Detectives, along with task force members from the United States Marshals Service, observed Webb on the front porch of an apartment building in the 2200 block of Mannheim Road in Melrose Park, Illinois. Task force members converged on the building and took Kendrick Webb into custody without incident. He was then transported to the Cook County (Illinois) Jail, where he will await extradition back to Monroe County. Kendrick Webb has been charged with Felony Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon.

*Criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

This Week in Hoosier History


2002 – The United States Mint released the Indiana State Quarter. It was engraved with a race car, a map of the state, 19 stars, and the motto “Crossroads of America.” 

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