OAK CREEK, Wisc. (CBS) — Last month’s shooting at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee has scarred the community of Oak Creek, Wisc.
But amid the bloodshed, there were real acts of heroism to stop a killer from causing even more havoc. Authorities on Monday released chilling police car “dashcam” audio and video that shows just how difficult those crucial minutes were.
The video shows Oak Creek Police Officer Sam Lenda speeding to the Sikh temple within minutes of the shooting. He saw suspect Michael Page in the parking lot, and got out of his car to confront him.
Page refused orders to drop his weapon and fired a shot that hit the squad car right where Lenda had been sitting moments earlier.
Lenda returned fire six times. He told reporters he thinks the second or third shot wounded Page in the abdomen.
What Lenda didn’t know at the time was that Lt. Brian Murphy had already engaged Page in a firefight and was hit 15 times by gunfire and severely wounded.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney, John Chisholm, says Murphy’s bravery saved lives.
The last shot heard on the video was the shot Page used to kill himself.
Before killing himself, Page killed six and wounded three others, including Lt. Murphy.