JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The family of Detective Stephen Arnold sent their appreciation to the public for keeping him in their prayers. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says Arnold remains in critical but stable condition. He was shot three times during a DEA drug raid on January 26, 2016 in the Holy Cross neighborhood. A spokesman for the sheriff's office says he suffered five gunshot wounds; three entry and two exit wounds.
The sheriff's office says Arnold's family and physicians are working closely to make decisions in his best interest.
Several blood drives have been held to benefit Arnold. The sheriff's office said it has received numerous requests from the public on how they can donate to the Arnold family. People can send checks payable to the Sheriff Newell Normand Community Foundation c/o Treasurer, 2612 Crestway Road, Marrero, LA 70072. The sheriff's office says the foundation is a 501C3 corporation. All money received will be earmarked and used towards medical expenses incurred by Detective Arnold.
The shooting of Detective Arnold is a federal investigation. Authorities arrested Jarvis Hardy in connection with the shooting. The 26-year-old is booked with attempt to commit murder and attempt to kill a federal officer. A federal judge denied bond for Hardy saying he's a danger to the community.