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PD: 3rd suspect arrested in Phoenix officer-involved shooting

Phoenix police provided this photo of Scott Sefranka. (Source: Police Department) Phoenix police provided this photo of Scott Sefranka. (Source: Police Department)
Jason Beau Keep, the latest suspect to be arrested in connection with the armed robbery. Jason Beau Keep, the latest suspect to be arrested in connection with the armed robbery.
Roger Sharp Roger Sharp
David Murray David Murray
© William Herbert Mayes, 30, is still on the loose. If you have information, call 480-WITNESS. © William Herbert Mayes, 30, is still on the loose. If you have information, call 480-WITNESS.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Phoenix police have identified a third suspect arrested in connection to Tuesday's armed robbery where an officer and a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office posse member were wounded.

On Friday, Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Jason Beau Keep is being charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

William Herbert Mayes, 30, is still on the loose, according to police.

On Thursday, police identified the Phoenix police officer wounded Tuesday afternoon.

Thompson said Officer Scott B. Sefranka, 34, who was listed in critical condition, is showing signs of improvement. He has been on the Phoenix Police force since September of 2006. 

The name of the posse member, a 63-year-old man who was also wounded, is not being released by the family at this time. 

Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia called the actions of Sefranka and of the posse member "courageous" during a news briefing on Thursday afternoon. 

"These are special people who understand how difficult the job of law enforcement is," Garcia said.

Sefranka has made news before. It was more than two years ago when CBS 5 News talked to him after he helped rescue a dog that was left sweating it out inside a car during the Arizona summer.

[RELATED: CBS 5 viewer adopts pup rescued from hot car (7/13/11)]

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the posse member served in the 82nd Airborne Division in the Vietnam War.

"This is the first time one of our posse members was shot," Arpaio said at the news briefing.

Police said suspects, Roger Allen Sharp, 26, of Phoenix, and David Lee Murray, 36, of Tempe, robbed two employees of the Pink Rhino Cabaret at gunpoint of $18,000 in the parking lot of an IHOP restaurant at 2501 N. 44th St. about 2 p.m.

The employees were on their way to deposit the club's proceeds. 

The suspects took off in a maroon sedan when a Phoenix officer in a marked vehicle with a civilian observer saw the getaway vehicle and tried to make a stop.

The suspects sped off and slammed into a white pickup truck driven by the posse member at 56th Street and Thomas Road.

After the crash, Sharp, who was driving the vehicle, came after the officer. The driver of the pickup truck, a member of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Posse, got out of his vehicle to help subdue Sharp.

During the struggle, Sharp took the officer's gun and shot the officer and posse member, according to police.

Thompson also revealed on Thursday that a family member of a police department staffer was riding along with Sefranka as an observer that day.

The area of 44th to 60th streets and Thomas to McDowell roads was on lockdown as police searched the area, Phoenix Police spokesman Steve Martos said.

"I locked all the doors, and then we went in to the master bedroom and called police," said Melissa Perdue, who was home when Sharp hopped over her fence and tried hiding in her backyard. 

"The cops found his shirt. It was kind of bloody over there, and the gun on that side of the fence. Then they found him in the corner of the house." 

Police told CBS 5 News the neighborhood search came to an end about 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Sharp and Murray were taken into custody in a neighborhood southeast of 56th Street and Thomas, in Scottsdale.

A handgun believed to be the officer's was recovered by the Scottsdale Police Department while it was assisting in the investigation.

Sharp faces two counts of armed robbery, two counts of prohibited weapons, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of burglary, one count of unlawful flight and one count of resisting arrest. Murray faces two counts of armed robbery. 

Anyone with information on Mayes whereabouts are asked to call the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio posted the following message on his Facebook page:

"Many prayers today for the police officer and citizen shot at 56th and Thomas area. Our officer is just headed into surgery and we need to say some deep prayers for them both, for their quick recovery and for their family. Sad way to start the New Year."

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office said that before Tuesday, there had been 59 officers involved in shootings in Maricopa County in 2013.

In 2012, there were 47 officer-involved shootings.

Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates on this developing story.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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