The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has revealed that Wade Michael Page, the Army veteran and white supremacist who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday, appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after being shot in the stomach by a police officer who responded to the scene.
Teresa Carlson, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Milwaukee office, said at a press conference yesterday that the officer had “neutralized the threat” by shooting Page. “I have seen the video and it is an amazing shot,” said Carlson, “and thank goodness. Subsequent to that wound it appears that Page died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.”
Carlson did not identify the officer, but 32-year veteran Sam Lenda, the second officer to reach the scene, was previously crediting with downing Page.
Authorities also said that Lt. Brian Murphy, the veteran Oak Creek police officer who was the first to reach the temple and was shot at least eight times, is recovering. “He’s progressing amazingly and we’re very, very thankful for that,” said Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards. “Yesterday he was up walking [and] they had him sitting up for a period of time. Murphy was hailed as a hero for instructing other officers at the scene to assist other shooting victims before attending to him.