Oak Creek officer wounded in shooting will be first lady's guest to the State of the Union

CREATED Feb 11, 2013

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  • Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy, his wounds still visible, talks about his injuries after being shot 12 times on Aug. 5 at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. As the shots continued, Murphy says, "I had actually thought, when is enough enough? I mean, you hit me." Image by Mike De Sisti

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- An Oak Creek police officer who was shot repeatedly while responding to the Sikh temple shooting last August will be Michelle Obama's guest at Tuesday's State of the Union speech.

Lt. Brian Murphy says he's "extremely excited" to be invited to hear President Barack Obama's address to Congress.

Murphy survived multiple gunshots fired by a man on a fatal rampage at the temple. Murphy is still recovering from his wounds and is on medical leave from the department.

Murphy tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he's glad the issue of gun violence is being debated. But he deferred taking sides publicly right now on specific policies, including new gun restrictions.

Murphy and his wife will attend a reception at the White House Tuesday before the speech.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com