2 officers recognized for stopping temple shooting

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 -- 8:07 p.m.

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- Two Oak Creek police officers have been awarded the Congressional Badge of Bravery for helping stop a gunman's shooting rampage at a Sikh temple two years ago.

Lt. Brian Murphy and Officer Sam Lenda were recognized in a ceremony Wednesday. The event featured Reps. Paul Ryan and Gwen Moore, Sen. Ron Johnson and others.

Murphy was the first to arrive at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin that day. He was ambushed by the gunman, a white supremacist who shot him about a dozen times.

Lenda took up a sniper position and wounded the gunman, who later killed himself.

Both officers say they're grateful for the recognition but they don't consider themselves heroes.

The gunman killed six worshippers and wounded five other people. Tuesday was the two-year anniversary of the tragedy.

Coypright 2014: Associated Press


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