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Wounded Sikh Temple Officer Recounts Shooting

October 29, 2012  | 

Lt. Brian Murphy. Photo: POLICE file
Lt. Brian Murphy. Photo: POLICE file

The first shot hit him in the face, left side of his jaw, the 9mm bullet moving down, ripping through his larynx, bouncing off his spinal column and lodging in his right neck.

He remembered his training—"in a high-risk incident I will survive." And he moved, even as 11 more bullets pierced his arms, hands, legs and the back of his head, even as three more bullets struck his protective vest, even as the gunman kept coming, firing at close range.

When bullets, blood and terror came to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on that Sunday morning, Aug. 5, Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy would not give in.

In the middle of a gun battle that raged for about two minutes, he found himself wedged beneath a car as the gunman reloaded. And he thought to himself: "I'm not going out like this. I'm not going out in a parking lot."

Read the full Journal Sentinel story.

Tags: Sikh Temple Shooting, Oak Creek (Wis.) PD, Assaults on Officers


Comments (3)

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yardcop @ 10/29/2012 11:25 PM

Train hard fight harder to alive to tell the story and share the lesson! Hell yeah!

DEADMAN @ 10/30/2012 1:47 AM

Lt.Brian Murphy,god was really looking over your shoulder,i salute you for your training,for your efforts and for your surviving,that survival mindsetis a hard earned thought process,my prayers are with you and your family ,ALWAYS.

S.S @ 10/30/2012 6:19 AM

Usually when i comment on these articles I ofter wonder if the person involved is reading these comments. I would like to think so. Anyhow I hope L.T. I hope you read these comments and know that you are an inspiration to all of us in LAW ENFORCEMENT. God BBless.

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