UPDATE: Prayers, Blood Drive For Officer Wounded In New Orleans

By REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Friends and family of a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy critically wounded in New Orleans while serving a warrant were praying for him as well-wishers rushed to give blood to help in his recovery.

Stephen Arnold was still in the intensive care unit at a New Orleans hospital after losing a lot of blood and doctors would be monitoring him closely over the next few days “…to make sure there’s nothing wrong with his brain,” Debbie Webber, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration in New Orleans, said late Tuesday.

“We just hope he wakes up,” Webber said.

Arnold was shot five times, including once in the neck, while taking part in a task force serving a warrant in New Orleans.

The man suspected in the shooting, identified by New Orleans police as Jarvis Hardy, was in FBI custody.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, where Arnold worked, said it will be 48 hours before it’s clear whether the deputy has neurological damage. Local news outlets said blood centers would remain open Wednesday because the response was so great.

The police said Hardy was arrested on charges of attempted first degree murder and narcotics violations, and was being held by the FBI. The FBI did …read more

Source:: Black America Web

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