Lt. Brian Murphy, shot nine times, was the first officer at the scene of the… (Oak Creek Police Department )
A police officer shot nine times as he tried to help a victim of the Sikh temple shooting near Milwaukee has left the hospital, officials said Wednesday.
Lt. Brian Murphy of the Oak Creek Police Department responded to a call Aug. 5 that a gunman was attacking worshipers inside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. As he tried to help a victim, police said, the shooter ambushed him.
Despite his wounds, Murphy told rescuers to help others first.
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"He had been shot nine times — one of them very serious in the neck area — and he waved them off and told them to go into the temple to assist those in there," Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards told reporters earlier this month.
Police shot the suspected gunman, Wade Michael Page, in the stomach. He then shot himself in the head. Page was killed, as were six worshipers. Three others were critically wounded, including Murphy. One victim remains hospitalized.
Murphy, 51, is a New York native who has served 21 years with the Oak Creek police.
Page, 40, allegedly had deep ties to the white supremacist movement, but officials have said they are making no assumptions about his motives.
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