Man arrested in JP deputy's shooting ordered held without bond

Man arrested in JP deputy's shooting ordered held without bond

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A judge on Thursday ruled that Jarvis Hardy, the man accused of shooting a Jefferson Parish deputy during a DEA raid, is a danger to the community and should be held without bond.

Judge Sally Shusan heard about an hour of testimony from an FBI agent, a pre-trial officer, and Hardy's sister before considering his detention status.

During the hearing, Hardy's defense attorney tried to question the validity of Hardy's mother's statements to police that she saw officers approaching the house and warned Hardy before the shooting happened. Hardy told police he thought he was being robbed and didn't hear police announcing themselves until after he opened fire.

An FBI agent testified that Hardy admitted to selling crack and admitted to the shooting. The agent said about an ounce of suspected crack cocaine was seized at Hardy's house.

The pre-trial officer told the judge that due to the nature of the crime and Hardy's risk to the community, Hardy should not be given bond.

Hardy's court-appointed attorney, Valerie Jusselin, argued that because Hardy has never been arrested and has his GED, he should be allowed to have a bond. She also claimed his 22-year-old sister would act as a third-party custodian if he was allowed to bond out.

Ultimately, Judge Shushan sided with the FBI and the police.

The man Hardy allegedly shot, Deputy Stephen Arnold, remains in critical condition at University Medical Center.

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