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Oak Creek police Lt. Brian Murphy talks about Sikh Temple massacre

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Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy
Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy

OAK CREEK, WI (WTAQ) - The Oak Creek police lieutenant who was shot 14 times at the Sikh Temple on August 5th has had three operations, with more to come.

Brian Murphy tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that two bullets and shrapnel are still in his body – and his next surgeries will be to repair his vocal chords and one of his thumbs.

Murphy was one of four people to survive the bullets from gunman Wade Michael Page. Six worshippers at the temple were killed that day. And Page killed himself after he was founded by shots from Oak Creek officer Sam Lenda – who’s a marksman.

Both spoke with the Journal Sentinel about what happened at the Sikh Temple, and how they’re dealing with it.

As the bullets pierced toward him, Murphy remembered his training. And it reminded him, “In a high risk incident, I will survive.” He said the gun battle lasted for about two minutes. And he thought to himself, “I’m not going out like this – I’m not going out in a parking lot.”

Murphy and Lenda both shun the title of hero, which so many people want to place on them. Murphy said his entire adult life has been based on working in situations that can be chaotic and uncontrollable – and his training has allowed him to do the right thing without thinking. 

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