Man accused of PHX PD shooting pleads not guilty

Posted at 10:30 AM, Oct 01, 2015

The man accused of shooting a Phoenix police officer during a traffic stop has pleaded not guilty.

Michael Rogers entered his plea in a downtown Phoenix courthouse on Thursday morning.

Forty-year-old Police Officer Eric Gardner was shot multiple times during a traffic stop around 2:45 a.m. near 12th Street and Campbell on September 16.

According to police, Gardner was able to call for help as the suspects drove away from the scene.

Phoenix police confirmed three people, including the suspected shooter, were taken into custody around 1 p.m. after an extensive search.

The two others arrested were believed to be in the vehicle with Rogers at the time of the incident, police said.