Wounded officer will be first lady's guest

Oak Creek police officer to attend State of the Union speech

Published On: Feb 11 2013 05:57:52 PM CST
OAK CREEK, Wis. -

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 said 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 told 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.