- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A man accused of shooting a Phoenix police officer during a Sept. 17 traffic stop has pleaded not guilty.

Michael James Rogers entered his plea Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court. He faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and of drug possession.

Police said the 40-year-old officer survived being shot because of his protective vest but suffered a serious arm wound that might require multiple surgeries.

Rogers was arrested hours after the shooting at a nearby apartment.

According to police, Rogers had told two other people in his car when pulled over that he wasn’t going to jail.

A prosecutor said Rogers was wanted on a warrant accusing him of failing to appear in court in a shoplifting case.

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