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Murphy, Lenda Will Make National TV Appearance

The Oak Creek police officers, widely regarded as heroes in the Aug. 5 Sikh temple shootings, will be interviewed on the CBS Evening News.

Oak Creek police officers Brian Murphy and Sam Lenda, widely regarded as heroes in the Sikh temple shootings, will make their first joint media appearance next week on the CBS Evening News.

A CBS reporter is in Oak Creek this week for a story that will air during the 5:30 p.m. newscast Monday, Oct. 29, Mayor Steve Scaffidi said in this week's Mayor's Message. The officers will talk about their backgrounds, their training prior to the attack and walk through what happened the morning of Aug. 5.

Murphy was the first officer to respond to the temple and encountered the gunman, Wade Michael Page, in the parking lot. Page fired 15 times at Murphy before Lenda, the next officer on scene, fired a shot that hit Page in the stomach and sent him to the ground. Page then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

  • Watch dash cam video from Oak Creek squad cars.

Authorities have said officers' actions and quick response likely prevented Page from leaving the scene and saved lives.

"Both officers responded to this dangerous situation at the highest level possible, putting their own safety at risk to reduce the chances of further loss of life, and bringing a quick end to these very violent events," Scaffidi said. "Their actions were courageous and heroic."

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