Oak Creek Lt. Brian Murphy announces retirement
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OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- The first officer to respond to the fatal rampage at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin last year says he is retiring from the police force.
Oak Creek Lt. Brian Murphy was shot 12 times by the lone gunman as the attacker left the temple. The gunman later fatally shot himself after being wounded by another officer.
Oak Creek police chief Edwards told TODAY'S TMJ4 that Murphy submitted his letter of retirement Wednesday morning and would retire June 12. He says he's not sure what he will do in retirement but he's considering teaching.
President Barack Obama singled out Murphy for recognition on Saturday during a White House ceremony honoring police. Seven other officers who responded to the Sikh temple shootings also were honored.
Tom Murray, the Associated Press and Mary Franzen contributed to this report.