The first Oak Creek officer to respond to the Sikh temple shooting, Lt. Brian Murphy, was shot “8 to 9 times with a handgun,” according to police.
Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said that Murphy, 51, tried to disarm Wade Michael Page and waved off help so his colleagues could save others.
Murphy – a 21-year-veteran of the department and a finalist for city’s police chief post in 2010 – is in critical condition and with his family in the hospital.
The Sikh Human Rights Group has reportedly pledged a $10,000 award to Murphy for his actions.
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