Jefferson Parish Deputy Critical After Shooting

NEW ORLEANS — A Jefferson Parish deputy was in critical condition following a shooting in the 5300 block of Douglas Street in Holy Cross, near the intersection of Egania and Douglas streets Tuesday morning.

The deputy, identified as 35-year-old Stephen Arnold, a 12-year veteran of the JPSO, was shot as officers were executing a search warrant at the home. Arnold was shot in the neck, torso and arm during the incident. He is currently listed in critical but stable condition.

Sheriff Newell Normand said Arnold was shot five times, once in the neck and four times in the torso and the arm.

“He is in real serious condition — critical condition,” said Normand. “There appeared a time where he stopped breathing. He is stable at the present time. They operated on him for better than two hours. At this point in time, we’re just praying, praying, praying that neurologically that there’s not any impairment.”

Authorities confirm that the suspect in shooting of Deputy Arnold is Jarvis Hardy, who was booked with attempted first-degree murder and narcotics violations.

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