Man accused of shooting PHX officer was wanted

Posted at 6:26 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 21:26:47-04

A man arrested in the shooting of a Phoenix police officer during a traffic stop reportedly told other people in his car that he was a wanted man and wasn't willing to go to jail.

The 40-year-old officer was hit Wednesday morning in the chest, hip and arm and is hospitalized in stable condition. Police have said he survived because of his protective vest.

Court paperwork shows he does not have any movement to his hand. He will need multiple surgeries and there is no promise he will ever fully recover. 

Police said 26-year-old Michael James Rogers was arrested after police located the vehicle pulled over by the officer and learned that Rogers recently bought it.

According to police, an August warrant accuses Rogers of shoplifting and he told others riding in his car that he wouldn't go to jail.

"I just can't believe it. I didn't even know he had a gun. That's not the Michael I know," said Bob Rogers, Rogers' grandfather. 

Rogers was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and unlawful flight.

His bail is set at $1 million dollars.