Wife of wounded MCSO posse member speaks out about shooting

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by 3TV

Vidoe report by Casey James

Posted on January 4, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 1:17 PM

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PHOENIX – For the first time, we're hearing from the wife of the MCSO posse member who was critically injured during a shooting Tuesday.

Phillip Grigg is a 63-year-old father of two and grandfather of three. He has been in and out of surgery since being shot in the chest at close range, according to MCSO.

In a news conference near Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Hospital on Saturday, Grigg's wife said she has always supported her husband as an MCSO posse member. But in the back of her mind, she always feared a day like this would come.

"I'm very proud of him," Elizabeth Grigg said. "It was the wrong spot, the wrong time, but the right time. The good Lord sent him to do a job and that's my feel."

"For most of his life, he has been the kind of man who strives to help others ... from lost and endangered hikers to the animals no one seems to want or care for Phillip Grigg was someone who did care," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a news release.

Grigg went to offer aid to Phoenix police Officer Scott Sefranka as he tried to apprehend two armed robbery suspects at 56th Street and Thomas Road Tuesday afternoon. Both Grigg and Sefranka were shot.

When Elizabeth Grigg got called to the hospital, she thought her husband had been in a car wreck.

"I thought I was coming up to pick him up for a couple broken bones," she said. "I had no idea what had happened that day."

His wife of 25 years has been by his side since the shooting occurred.

Grigg has undergone four surgeries and remains heavily sedated in intensive care.

"One time he did squeeze my hand," Elizabeth said.

He will likely remain in ICU for several weeks.

Meantime, Sefranka, 34, remains in critical but stable condition. He was on a respirator but is now breathing on his own.

The two suspects, alleged shooter Roger Allen Sharp Jr., 26, and David Lee Murray Jr., 36, were taken into custody. They have been charged with robbing two Pink Rhino Cabaret employees outside an IHOP near 44th Street and Thomas Road prior to the shooting. The employees were carrying $18,000 of the strip club's money at the time.

Sharp faces additional charges of attempted murder, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, unlawful flight and resisting arrest.

A third suspect, Jason Beau Keep, 35, was arrested Friday. He was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Police are still searching for a fourth suspect in connection with the case.

Grigg has been a posse volunteer for the last three years.

Saturday afternoon, Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos tweeted his thanks to Grigg:

 

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