Shooter sentenced after posse member, police officer injured

A man involved in a robbery that led to a shooting may spend the most of his life in prison.

Roger Sharp was sentenced to 66 years behind bars for shooting a Phoenix police officer and an MCSO volunteer posse member on New Year's Eve in 2013.

"To this day, I can still feel the dirt in my skin," said Phoenix Police Officer Scott Sefranka.

Sefranka recalled the day of the shooting and the moments before Sharp wrestled his gun away from him and opened fire.

"I can remember how he pretended to cooperate. He raised his hands in the air and his back was to me, and I could see that he had no weapon, yet, something appears to be off" said Sefranka.

Sharp was accused of taking part in a scheme to rob a strip club manager of cash.

Police say sharp and another man followed the manager to an IHOP near 44th Street and Thomas and stole $18,000 in singles.

Sefranka tracked down the getaway car and tried to stop sharp. During their struggle, MCSO posse member Philip Grigg tried to help. Sharp ended up shooting Grigg in the chest and and the officer in the abdomen.

Before the judge sentenced him to 66.5 years in prison, Sharp tried to explain his actions.

"Sometimes in life things can get moving too fast before you can have a grip on it, and before you know it you are in a place that you never thought you would ever be," said Sharp. "I am sorry for the victims and their families and nothing I can do can change that."

Grigg spent months in the hospital. As he left, he said he felt justice was served, and so does the officer.

"Mr. Sharp believes he did what he did for a reason, and only time will ever tell if he is truly sorry or not," said Sefranka.

Due to his injuries, the officer will likely never be able to go back to patrol.

"Right now I am going to move ahead and hopefully find my role as a detective somewhere on the department. Physically, I just have to take it day by day. Every day is a new challenge for me. Some days better and some days worse," said Sefranka.

Dozens of Phoenix police officers and firefighters, including the Phoenix Police Chief, were in the courtroom for the sentencing on Friday.
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