The Latest: Suspect in deputy shooting appears in court

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Posted: Jan 27, 2016 3:48 PM
The Latest: Suspect in deputy shooting appears in court

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a shooting of a deputy involved in a drug raid in New Orleans (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

The man accused of shooting and critically wounding a Louisiana sheriff's deputy has appeared in court for the first time after the shooting.

The 26-year-old Jarvis Hardy appeared Wednesday in a New Orleans federal courthouse.

Hardy wore a red jumpsuit and his hands and feet were shackled.

At one point during the hearing, when he was told of the maximum sentence he could face — 20 years — an elderly family member in the audience yelled out "Oh, my God!" and collapsed on the floor.

Hardy was assigned a federal public defender and future court dates were set in the case.

The FBI charged Hardy earlier Wednesday with attempted murder. They say he opened fire Tuesday when the deputy, Stephen Arnold, was leading a drug raid in the house.

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11:25 a.m.

The FBI says the sheriff's deputy who was critically wounded during a drug raid was shot outside a bedroom as officers were searching the house.

In a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, the FBI says 35-year-old Stephen Arnold led the raid into the house.

The agency said before entering the house, officers identified themselves and then battered down the door.

As they were searching the house, several gunshots came from a bedroom, hitting Arnold five times.

The suspect, identified as Jarvis Hardy, is in FBI custody. The agency says Hardy told authorities he thought he was being robbed, and that he only heard the officers identify themselves after he opened fire.

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10:40 a.m.

The FBI says the sheriff's deputy who was severely wounded during a drug raid was the first through the door.

In a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, the FBI says that 35-year-old Stephen Arnold led the raid into the house.

Arnold was shot five times during the raid, which was part of a sweeping set of drug raids Tuesday.

The FBI charged Jarvis Hardy on Wednesday with attempted murder.

The agency said that after his arrest, Hardy told authorities that he shot because he thought his home was being robbed.

The FBI also said Hardy's mother was home during the raid and told investigators that she knew her son was a drug dealer.

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10 a.m.

The FBI says the suspect in a drug-raid shooting that left a deputy in critical condition has been charged in federal court.

The FBI says it charged 26-year-old Jarvis Hardy on Wednesday morning with attempted murder and with attempted murder and assault of a federal officer.

Hardy is accused of shooting Stephen Arnold, a 35-year-old sheriff's deputy who was part of a federal task force conducting the raid. Arnold was shot five times in the neck, torso and arm. Authorities say the raid was part of a sweeping set of predawn drug raids Tuesday in efforts to root out drugs in New Orleans.

In a statement, FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeff Sallet says law enforcement "will devote whatever resources necessary to bring the perpetrator of this heinous crime to justice."

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3:20 a.m.

Friends and family are praying for a Louisiana sheriff's deputy critically wounded in New Orleans while serving a warrant as well-wishers donated blood for his recovery.

Debbie Webber, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration, said late Tuesday that Stephen Arnold was still in the intensive care unit after losing a lot of blood.

She said doctors would be monitoring him closely over the next few days to make sure there's "nothing wrong with his brain."

Arnold was shot five times while taking part in a task force serving a warrant in New Orleans.

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

Friends and well-wishers have been lining up at centers in Jefferson Parish, where the officer was from, to give blood.