Phoenix police officer Scott Sefranka upgraded to 'stable' condition; moved out of ICU

PHOENIX - A Phoenix police officer is steadily improving after being shot during a pursuit of suspects connected to an armed robbery on New Year's Eve.

Phoenix police said Wednesday that Officer Scott Sefranka has been upgraded to "stable condition." Sefranka has also been moved out of the intensive care unit at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital.

A Maricopa County Sheriff's Office volunteer posse member who was also injured in the shooting is said to be in "stable, but critical" condition, according to MCSO. Phillip Grigg has had multiple operations, officials said.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the Dec. 31, 2013 incident where two strip club workers were robbed of $18,000. The robbery prompted a short police chase which led to the shooting.

Police say 26-year-old Roger Allen Sharp of Phoenix got the officer's gun and shot the officer and the posse member.

Phoenix police said the robbery was an "inside job" involving a disgruntled strip club employee who was recently fired. The fired employee reportedly intended to rob his former employer of up to $500,000.

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