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$18K robbery led to Phoenix officer, civilian shot

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David Lee Murray; Roger Allen Sharp David Lee Murray; Roger Allen Sharp
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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

There are new developments surrounding a robbery and shooting that left a Phoenix Police officer and a Maricopa County Sheriff's posse member in a hospital, recovering from gunshot wounds.

Turns out the suspects had just pulled off a high dollar heist when they were spotted by police.

The officer who tried to stop them, Scott Sefranka, is a seven year veteran of the force.

Officer Sefranka is still in extremely critical condition and doctors are watching him closely.  He is still unconscious after being shot once in the stomach.  He was wearing a bulletproof vest, but he was shot just under the vest.

Sefranka remains in a Scottsdale hospital with his wife and squad by his side.  The patrol officer was trying to catch two armed robbery suspects.

"I can't tell you the amount of courage it takes to confront an armed robber, knowing that you've got to make an arrest," said Chief Daniel V. Garcia.

Take a look at the video -- you'll see Officer Sefranka in 2011 when he rescued a puppy locked in a hot car.  Sefranka's commander says the 34-year-old officer is known for being very courageous.

"It's not unlike Scott to do the job of acting of engaging and responding to acts of violence to engage violent suspects," said Cmdr. Louis Tovar.

Court paperwork released Thursday shows suspects Roger Sharp and David Murray were involved in an elaborate plot to rob the Pink Rhino Cabaret, which is a local strip club.  Police say Sharp and Murray waited in a parking lot to rob a strip club employee carrying $18,000 in cash.

"Officer goes towards him with his gun drawn and all of the sudden, the suspect turned around and started fighting with the officer," said Chuck Parke, a witness.

Parke says he saw Sharp grab Officer Sefranka's gun and started firing, shooting the posse volunteer who jumped in to help.  That volunteer is also in critical condition.  Police say Sharp then shot Sefranka and took off.

"I actually stood right over the top of him and took a shot straight into him," said Parke.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he is not releasing the name of the posse member who jumped in to help.

Police say if the posse member hadn't been there to help Officer Sefranka, things could have been worse.

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