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Ambushed Cop, Shot 9 Times, Refused Aid and Ordered Officers to Help Victims

Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy was the first officer to the scene and was ambushed and shot up to nine times while attempting to help an injured victim. When support arrived, he refused help and ordered officers to go into the temple and help others.

Just more than 24 hours after the tragic , stories of heroes are emerging as details from the incident are revealed.

When an unintelligible call came into the Oak Creek Police Department from a person inside the temple, 21-year department veteran Lt. Brian Murphy entered his squad and was first to the horrific scene just four minutes later.

Murphy immediately came upon a wounded victim in the parking lot of the temple, and rushed to assist the person. At that moment, Murphy found himself in a situation most officers will only have to prepare for in their careers.

While he was helping the victim, the 51-year-old officer was ambushed by the shooter — now identified as — and was fired upon at close range while Murphy attempted to disarm him. Murphy was struck eight or nine times by bullets delivered from Page’s 9mm, semi-automatic handgun.

Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said bullets struck Murphy’s extremities and he was also shot in the neck.

When other officers arrived Murphy — wounded and bleeding in the parking lot — refused help from his fellow officers and instead directed them to help the victims inside the temple, Edwards said.

The officers, armed with tactical rifles, refused to leave a fellow officer behind and brought Murphy to safety before shooting and killing Page outside the temple.

“Clearly heroic,” said Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt, who served as the public information coordinator from the scene of the shooting Sunday. “The act of when you’re shot, waving officers away from you and telling them to go inside and help other people, he’s a hero.”

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As of Monday, Murphy is still in critical condition after undergoing life-saving surgery at Froedtert Hospital. He is resting with family at his side. Understandably, Murphy's family declined to receive questions from the media, but released a statement during a press conference held at the hospital Monday afternoon.

“We are grateful for so many who addressed Brian’s needs at the scene and continue to do so at the hospital," Murphy's family said in a statement. "As we stand by Brian and pray for his recovery, we extend condolences to the families who lost loved ones."

Murphy’s act of heroism has already received recognition from the Sikh Human Rights Group, which has pledged a $10,000 award to the officer. Although courageous, United States Attorney James Santelle said Murphy’s act of valor is not unusual for the men and women dedicated to protecting the innocent.

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“Know that that kind of dedicated law enforcement is not atypical…this is what we expect from law enforcement in this country, and that’s what this nation gets,” Santelle said.

Murphy has been an tactical team leader for years. In 2010, he was one of three candidates — along with Edwards — for the position of police chief.

Murphy grew up in New York and joined the Marines, and served at the United Nations.

Oak Creek resident Michael Williams described Murphy as a brave man who is extremely loyal to friends and family.

"He was a very dedicated officer and family man. Me and my family have spent many days with his family," Williams said via the Oak Creek Patch Facebook page. "There is so much more great things about this great brave man, and doesn't surprise me that he put the other victims in front of himself."

A Facebook page to honor Murphy's selfless act has been set up for others to share their thoughts about his heroism on Sunday. Here's a look at what people are saying about Murphy on social media outlets.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele asking the community to keep Murphy in everyone's thoughts and prayers as he travels the road to recovery.

“I continue to keep Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy and other victims still at the hospital in my thoughts, as well as members of the Sikh community during this time," Abele said. "We encourage everyone to show their solidarity with the Sikh community.  As we continue to learn the details of the investigation, I would like to also thank the First Responders for their life saving actions."

Patch is continuing to reach officers and family to learn more about Murphy. If you want to share information, contact Carl Engelking at carl.engelking@patch.com.

Kathis Masch August 06, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Thank you Lt. Murphy for going above and beyond. Hope you have a speedy recovery because we need you here on earth! XO
Piyush August 06, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I am an Indian American and I salute Officer Brain Murphy for his bravery and humanity. To do such things first you have to be very good human being then it comes your duty and Officer Brian is the real hero and a real good police officer. Because of people like him we have love and care for each other in society. People like him encourage our generation to see beyond our race/color/origin. Hope Officer Brian Murphy gets well soon. Piyush
Canadian Singh August 06, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I am a Sikh Canadian and I salute Lt. Brian Murphy. You are a hero and I express my immense gratitude to you and your fellow officers who put their lives on line to stop many others from being killed. May God bless you and your family.
Leigh Notham August 06, 2012 at 11:14 PM
I salute all officers that put their lives on the line daily. God bless them all!! My daughter is Milwaukee police officer and I pray for all their safety.
Polly August 07, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Thank You!! From the bottom of our hearts we send you and your family our love and prayers!! I believe God sent this world angels, Officer Brian Murphy, Milwaukee PD and the Milwaukee Community!! Thank You...
Bell Anderson August 07, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Not true. I'd argue with you, but I don't want to detract from the honor of the wonderful Lt Murphy, who is a better man than you and I could ever hope to be.
Dirk Gutzmiller August 07, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Morgan - The "shame, shame, shame" comments are the strategy of the Republican Party and the NRA to quiet the issues of unrestrained gun proliferation throughout America and our governor's fiscal disrepect for our "thin blue line", and other government workers involved in assisting in the government's handling of the Oak Creek bloodbath. These commenting people that usually demonize government workers should be ashamed, when heros emerge in spite of their profane debasements of such workers.
Dirk Gutzmiller August 07, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Hoffa - Maybe a little extra compensation for such government workers?Just re-reading your comment history about despising government workers that would belong to a union.
Dirk Gutzmiller August 07, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Greg - And your story? It would now only be fair to tell us about yourself.
mabel August 07, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Which of These 2 Home Invasions Would Be You? http://www.frontsight.com/video/lastchance.asp?vid=2
John Schneider August 07, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Some Oak Creek Police radio audio http://youtu.be/2sLHT7ahiZw
N. Peske August 07, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Greg, posting a profile (albeit a benign one) of a poster you disagree with is creepy. It's why people prefer to post online anonymously, which leads to incivility. Can't you just disagree with her post without trying to hunt her down and research who she is? Gross.
Tom Kamenick August 07, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Way to keep cool, L.T.
Sharon Armstrong August 07, 2012 at 12:36 PM
In my 65 years of being an Oak Creek resident, this is the worst tragedy I have ever seen. I thank God for police officers such as Lt. Brian Murphy, our Police Chief and his department, our Fire Chief and his department and our Mayor and city officials. Not to mention all of the assistance from surrounding communities. To the members of the Sikh community, my thoughts and prayers will remain with you through this terrible devastation. Lt. Murphy, while we honor you and praise you for your selfish act, we also pray for your recovery and for your family. God Bless you!
Dirk Gutzmiller August 07, 2012 at 01:00 PM
And what is really beyond creepy about Greg researching commenters that he disagrees with is we are talking about an incident involving guns and killing here, and what kind of list is the right-wing extremist Greg keeping?
prem August 07, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Thank you Lt. Murphy, your actions go above and beyond the call of duty. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery. Prem Chennai, India
Satori August 07, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Very creepy indeed
Marty Champagne August 07, 2012 at 01:19 PM
My sentiments exactly Sharon. Praying for Lt. Murphy's recovery & peace for his family. I have always been so proud to say that I am from Oak Creek.....Lt. Murphy & how our OC family has come together during this tradegy has made me the proudest.
Greg August 07, 2012 at 03:42 PM
N. Peske, I did not have to "hunt down" Morgan Sheridan, she is a serial poster on conservative blogs. I posted her bio (from her public blog) here because the statement "I am a moderate-to-liberal Democrat and am very concerned about the lack of civility in politics and public life and the negative effect it is having on the country when we so much need to be standing together." could not be further from the truth, as is evident by her post here. She is nothing more than an opportunist lefty hate filled hack, like Dirk Gutzmiller.
Dirk Gutzmiller August 07, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Now Greg is really beyond creepy. Calling fellow commenters "an opportunist lefty hate filled hack." There is a lot of pent-up rage out there folks. Let's go real easy on the "serial poster" Greg today.
Greg August 07, 2012 at 04:15 PM
The pent-up rage, that I read in this thread, is from you Dirk. You want to attack our Governor, so bad, that you can not see how wrong your posts are. This is a blog about a hero that was viciously attacked, not about "our governor's fiscal disrepect for our "thin blue line". You sir are a classless putz.
Greg August 07, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Re-reading Hoffas comment history, now Dirk is really beyond creepy...
James R Hoffa August 07, 2012 at 04:29 PM
@Dirk - Apparently, you have a reading comprehension problem! Could you please quote some of Hoffa's previous words wherein he indicates that he "despis[es] government workers that would belong to a union?" Just because Hoffa doesn't believe in public sector unionization doesn't mean that Hoffa despises public workers. But leave it to a hateful and rabid lefty, such as yourself, to twist, distort, and mischaracterize Hoffa's prior postings and ideological positions. Hoffa has little doubt that this man will be taken care of appropriately by both our government and the people of our community.
James R Hoffa August 07, 2012 at 04:35 PM
@Dirk - If you had any humility at all, you would be ashamed for exploiting tragedies and human suffering to advance your own partisan political interest, but you're not. What does that say about you exactly? Go spread your hate towards conservatives over on the Daily Kos, where it's actually appreciated!
Conservative in Greendale August 07, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Lt. Brian Murphy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. I would like to add to the list of thoughts and prayers the officer who shot and killed this idiot! This officer and his family now have to fear recourse - You are a hero! Countless lives were saved because of you. Your actions, after seeing a fellow officer down are nothing less then then amazing! The actions of your dept. saving the life of your fellow officer, and the lives of many others does not go unrecognized! again YOU ARE A HERO! I am sure the entire community agrees with me. Thank You
Howell Dental Clinic August 07, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I am a Sikh American and I have been living in this country for the last 35 years. You have saved the lives of so many people without ANY bias or hesitation. You are a true hero to the American people of all kinds! I wish there was more people in the world like you! Hats off to Lt. Brian Murphy!
skinnyDUDE August 07, 2012 at 10:52 PM
The motives of those in these isolated circumstances are usually mental defect or hatred by a person whom really has lost there way in the world. In a free society it his hard to predict what day someone will go off the deep end. We really are left to are own resources when that event arrives as everything that happens in the fort hood shooting, Movie shooting or the temple shooting is reactionary at that point. I am for conceal carry precisely for this reason . All these madmen/ terrorist could of only been stopped by the force to answer in that defining moment. I am for two obvious preventive measures .....Self defense/conceal carry and profiling . Profiling works ......but it must be allowed. The specifics of these shootings are all unique. But the techniques to provide greater safety are the same. Self defense is a human right that will save many more life than it will take. History makes that clear. Profiling works against many of the bad Actors. Neither of these measures are a complete solution, but they certainly are a benefit to the societies whom embrace them. The situations will not end. They happen all over the world . We all know this unless we have our head in the sand. . A person who plans to kill has the advantage and always will . The only defense is to have an idea who they are and the means to stop them when the event arises. The path forward is better awareness and defense NOT less of both.
ann kerkman August 08, 2012 at 05:57 AM
lt murphy u r a hero to put your body ove some one that is so injuryed and take those bullet and then to tell your co workes to go on god bless you and my prayers r for a speedy recovery for u sta strong and just rest let time recover your body what a awesome cop
patricia lindgren August 08, 2012 at 11:14 AM
We love you Brian. You are my hero for doing what you did and putting yourselves ahead of others. You and your family are near and dear to everyones heart. This is your cousin patricia from new jersey!!!!!!!! Hope to see you soon
Jarnail Singh August 08, 2012 at 05:05 PM
WIthout thanks, I have no more words for u Sir Brian Murphy. THANKS. GOD BLESS U!

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