Philip Grigg was shot on Dec. 31 when he came to the aid of Phoenix Police Officer Scott Sefranka, who had been pursuing two robbery suspects. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said it's been a tough journey.
Grigg talks about how fortunate he feels during a news briefing Wednesday as he was leaving the hospital.
'Thank you for all the prayers,' he told supporters.
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -
A Maricopa County Sheriff's Office volunteer posse member who was shot on New Year's Eve while trying to help a Phoenix police officer said he remembers the burning sensation when a bullet struck him.
Philip Grigg, 63, was discharged from Scottsdale Osborne Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.
Grigg was shot on Dec. 31 when he came to the aid of Phoenix police Officer Scott Sefranka, who had been pursuing two robbery suspects.
"I just reacted to a situation that was in front of me," Grigg said at a news briefing. "I remember getting out of my truck and I think I remember seeing the officer in trouble."
The suspects had reportedly made off with $18,000 but crashed their getaway car when Sefranka began the chase.
A fight ensued when Sefranka approached the suspects and one of them was able to grab the officer's gun and shoot both Grigg and Sefranka.
"I was disoriented, I didn't know what was going on, didn't know who all these strange people hovering over me were and the only thing I could think of was 'I've been in an accident of some kind,'" Grigg said.
Grigg underwent multiple surgeries and was placed in a medically induced coma for several days in February.
He had three life-threatening injuries from his gunshot wound. The entrance wound was over the left chest. Physicians said he had injuries to his lung, diaphram, his liver in two different places, stomach and the bullet split his right kidney open.
The amount of blood he lost due to the bullet wound was three times his blood volume, doctors said.
Grigg was emotional as he spoke of the community support.
"Thank you for all the prayers because it's God's grace that got me this far," Grigg said.
Grigg is the father of two and grandfather of three.
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