Washington: A Brooklyn-born police officer took up to nine bullets trying to stop the gunman who killed six people in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek and was still more worried about saving other victims than himself.
"He told them to go into the temple," Oak Creek, the New York Post quoted Wisconsin Police Chief John Edwards as saying about Police Lt. Brian Murphy.
Murphy had waved off help from fellow officers on Sunday during the carnage at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
His former head, ex-Oak Creek Police Chief Thomas Bauer, said that he was not surprised about Murphy's heroic act.
"He is that guy," Bauer said.
Murphy is in critical condition at a hospital in Wisconsin.
"He's a highly distinguished police officer, highly decorated," Bauer said of Murphy.