Lt. Murphy Released From Hospital
Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy, injured in the shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, was in the hospital for more than two weeks but walked out under his own power Wednesday.
Surrounded by family and Oak Creek police officers, Lt. Brian Murphy walked out of Frodetert Hospital under his own power Wednesday.
Murphy was at Froedtert Hospital for more than two weeks after he was shot at least eight times during the attack at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
One victim in the shootings, Punjab Singh, remains in critical condition. Three others, including Murphy, have now been released.
Murphy looked great, was in good spirits and overwhelmed by the support, Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi said.
A long recovery is ahead, but Scaffidi is glad for Murphy and his family that it will continue at home.
"Given what happened, we're thankful that he survived and is making a good recovery," Scaffidi said. "But it's going to be a long road."
Murphy was the first officer to arrive at the Sikh temple after 911 calls started coming in to the Oak Creek Police Department about 10:25 a.m.
As he went to aid a victim in the parking lot, he was ambushed by Wade Michael Page. At close range, Page shot Murphy at least eight times, including once in the neck.
More police officers arrived and saw Page walking in the parking lot. They commanded him to drop his weapon and put his hands up. Page kept firing, hitting Oak Creek police cars, before an officer returned fire and shot Page in the stomach. Page then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Officers then started looking for Murphy after they didn't get a response back from him.
But when they found him, Murphy ordered them into the temple to help the people inside. The officers refused to leave a fellow officer behind, however, and brought him to safety.
Murphy's story has captured worldwide attention, and the Sikh community has lauded him as a hero.
He entered the intensive-care unit after he arrived at the hospital. But he progressed quickly to the point that he was walking two days after the shooting. Four days after the shooting, the hospital upgraded Murphy to satisfactory condition.
Murphy, 51, is a 21-year veteran of the Oak Creek police force.
Through Froedtert, Murphy's family asked for privacy as the lieutenant continues his recovery.
They released a statement Aug. 10 thanking police and first responders, as well as the Froedtert Hospital staff.
"We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support and compassion we have received from so many people during this difficult time for our family, and especially thank the Sikh community for including us in their prayers," the family said. "As we continue to support Brian and hope for his recovery, we remember the families who lost loved ones in this tragedy. They, and the entire Sikh community, are in our thoughts and prayers."