Sheriff's posse member to be released from hospital, months after shooting

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- A Maricopa County Sheriff's Office posse member shot and wounded on New Year's Eve is set to be released from the hospital on Wednesday.

Posse volunteer Phillip Grigg and a Phoenix police officer were shot on Dec. 31, 2013, by a man who had crashed into Grigg's truck as the suspect fled a robbery.

Grigg was off duty at the time and assisted the Phoenix officer after the crash.

Grigg has been recovering from his injuries since then at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn. Doctors have cleared him to go home Wednesday afternoon.

"He's obviously very strong and so was his will to survive," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.

The police officer who was shot, 34-year-old Scott Sefranka, was critically injured, but was able to leave the hospital days after the shooting. But the 63-year-old Grigg suffered far more debilitating injuries.

"There were many days that the news coming out of the medical team taking care of Philip Grigg was bad," Arpaio said. "The shooting resulted in numerous complications, any one of which could have killed him. But he hung in there and today we have reason to truly celebrate."

Arpaio said this was the first time a posse volunteer had ever been shot in the line of duty.