Deputy shooting suspect charged; federal documents detail circumstances

Deputy shooting suspect charged; federal documents detail circumstances

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Jarvis Hardy, the man accused of shooting Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Deputy Stephen Arnold during a federal drug raid, could face up to 20 years after the FBI charged him with attempt to commit murder and attempt to kill an officer of the United States.

Documents detailing the probable cause for Hardy's arrest show he shot through a closed door as Arnold's task force team entered the home on Douglas Street in the Lower Ninth Ward early Tuesday morning.

Hardy told investigators he thought he was being robbed and didn't hear the police identify themselves until after he fired the shots through the door.

But investigators spoke to Hardy's mother, who allegedly told detectives that she saw the police outside the door and warned her son before taking cover and hearing the gunshots.

In court Wednesday, a judge set a detention hearing for Hardy on Thursday and assigned him a federally appointed attorney.

As the investigation continues, friends, co-workers and residents showed up to at various locations to donate blood for Arnold.

"Deputy Arnold is just an amazing person. I know him on a personal level," Nicole Fucci said as she donated blood. "He's awesome, and I love him, and this is for everybody in blue out there - my family."

So far, the blood drive has collected more than 250 units and it will continue Thursday.

Arnold is listed in critical but stable condition.

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