A white supremacist who killed a half-dozen people at a Sikh temple in the US last month chased down the first police officer on the scene, pumping round after round into him as he lay wounded behind a parked car, video released on Monday showed.
Police Chief John Edwards played the video from Lt. Brian Murphy's squad car before telling reporters that Murphy was shot 15 times, not nine as authorities previously said. His armored vest stopped three of the rounds, Edwards said.
Murphy was shot while tending to two victims of Wade Michael Page's Aug. 5 rampage at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran, opened fire with a 9 mm pistol shortly before Sunday services were to start. He killed six worshippers and wounded four others, including Murphy, before killing himself.
Page's motive in the shooting spree remains unclear. The FBI is investigating, but U.S. Attorney James Santelle said it could be weeks or months before the agency releases any conclusions.
The squad car video shows a second officer arriving seconds after Page chased down Murphy. Officer Sam Lenda and Page exchange fire, and then Page, barely discernible in the distance, takes a round in the stomach and topples over. A final shot rings out as Page shoots himself in the head.
“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.''
Police released about one minute of footage from Murphy's squad car and about three minutes from Lenda's in response to an open records request from The Associated Press and others.
Murphy's dashboard-mounted camera shows him speeding to the temple and pulling into the sun-splashed parking lot. He stops in front of two victims, whose bodies were obscured before the video was released. Murphy can be seen on the edge of the screen with his .45-caliber pistol drawn, speaking into his radio.
Edwards told reporters 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,