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Wounded Wis. officer will be first lady's guest

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- 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 says 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 tells 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.


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