Milwaukee Police on Monday released chilling video of last month's Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wis.
The squad car video shows the gunman, identified as Wade Michael Page, shoot the first officer arriving at the scene of the massacre. Lt. Brian Murphy ran toward the gunman and was shot 15 times, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards told reporters Monday, and tried to take cover.
The dashboard-mounted camera in Murphy's car shows him speeding to the temple and pulling into the parking lot. Murphy can be seen on the edge of the screen with his .45-caliber pistol drawn, speaking into his radio.
Edwards said Murphy reported he couldn't see the shooter, had discovered victims and needed an ambulance.
The video then shows Page, dressed in a white shirt and black pants, bursting out of the temple. Murphy spots him and raises his gun. Page runs out of the frame and Murphy rolls for cover behind a parked car, disappearing from view. Page then jogs back into the frame and walks quickly toward Murphy, shooting out the back windshield of a nearby car before moving off-screen again.
"There's a deliberateness about him,'' Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said of Page. "He intended to kill him.'"
Seven people, including the gunman, died in the attack. Murphy was released from a hospital Aug. 22 and is recovering at home.
Authorities said the video proves police acted properly and stopped the gunman before he killed even more people.
"Our police officers handled themselves in a professional and heroic manner,'' Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi said at the news conference where the footage was released. "Their actions probably saved lives.''