Sheriff's Posse member injured in New Year's Eve shootout recovering, wife speaks out

PHOENIX - Phillip Grigg, a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse member, was shot on New Year’s Eve and is still recovering. His wife Elizabeth spoke Friday at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center about his condition.

Phillip, 63, was critically injured in a shootout with a robbery suspect while he was helping Phoenix Police officer Scott Sefranka on the call near 56th Street and Thomas Road. 

Sefranka was also shot during the incident and was released from the hospital a few weeks after the shootout.

Phil was taken out of a medically induced coma back in February, but still has a long road to recovery.

Elizabeth says Phil is a fighter who’s ready to get back on the streets.   

“I mean, I always knew he was a good man, like a diamond in the rough, but wow, he just brought it to a new level,” Elizabeth says.

She says he’s been fighting to survive after his significant injuries from the incident.

“In my heart, I feel we’d lost him basically twice, and God love him, he’s tenacious enough, he’s come back,” Elizabeth says.

Throughout the recovery, MCSO and fellow posse members have been right by Phil’s side.

“We’re like a family within a family,” Sheriff Joe Arpaio says. “Whatever he needs, he’s gonna get from this sheriff.”

Sheriff Arpaio just gave Phil a promotion to “battlefield” promotion to colonel. And while it’s not a paid position, he says it’s a pretty big honor. 

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