Bay City, Michigan Cop Named Officer of the Year

Officer Brandon Murphy;  Photo: via

Officer Brandon Murphy; Photo: via

A Bay City, MI police officer, shot and wounded earlier in the year, has been named one of Michigan's Officers of the Year. 

The award was given on Thursday to Bay City police officer Brandon Murphy. Officer Murphy had responded to a call of a home invasion in early February, where he tracked a suspect's footprints through the snow.

After confronting the suspect, 17-year old Jacob Haglund, the suspect pulled a handgun and opened fire on Officer Murphy, striking him in the hip. Officer Murphy returned fire, mortally wounding Haglund. 

In his acceptance speech, Officer Murphy said, "This has not been easy, but as a police officer we're trained to be prepared for the worst." 

He continued, "I did not allow this incident to turn me bitter, but I'm allowing this event to turn something into good."


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