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CREATED Aug. 7, 2012
WAUWATOSA - He's being called a hero. 51-year-old Lieutenant Brian Murphy is one of three people injured in the Oak Creek Sikh temple massacre. He's still in critical condition at Milwaukee's Froedtert Hospital. Today, we're learning more about the man who's actions likely saved lives.
"He's somebody that risked his life for the community."
Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi has known the man behind the badge for a long time. "He went to render aid. It was at that point, he was met by the suspect who basically ambushed him around his vehicle."
Authorities say Wade Michael Page opened fire and shot Lt. Murphy eight to nine times.
"On the surface, that's pretty grim. It is probably what saved him is his life vest, his flak jacket," said Mayor Scaffidi.
And the work of fellow officers who rescued Murphy despite his calls to keep moving. "He waved them off and told them to go into the temple to help those in there," said Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards.
From the hospital, Murphy's family released a statement that read in part, "as we stand by Brian and pray for his recovery, we extend condolences to the family of those who lost their lives in this tragic Incident."
Friends and colleagues are hopeful the officer will pull through. "I wish him just the quickest of recoveries," said the mayor.
City leaders say they believe Murphy will pull through.
It's welcome news for Oak Creek and the officers who are at Froedtert Hospital to support their injured brother.
The Associated Press is reporting that the officer who shot the gunman is Sam Lenda. Authorities have not confirmed that, but he is also being called a hero for ending the shooting rampage.
WAUWATOSA - Among the three injured victims in Sunday's massacre at the Oak Creek Sikh temple was Oak Creek Police Lieutenant Brian Murphy.