Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand angry amid complaints of closing interstate to help injured officer: 'Wake up!' _lowres

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand shown Tuesday morning at University Medical Center. (Photo courtesy of WWL-TV)

A visibly angry Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand urged the public to "wake up" and be more considerate after the sheriff heard people complaining of interstate closures Tuesday morning while trying to help rush a deputy to University Medical Center after he was seriously wounded while serving a warrant in Holy Cross.

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"We're just trying to save our own, for Christ's sake, we're out there doing the people's work for the people's safety," he said.

Deputy Stephen Arnold, 35, a 12-year veteran, had undergone a two-hour surgery and was in critical condition after being shot five times at about 6 a.m. in the 5300 block of Douglas Street. Meanwhile authorities were preparing to book the man who allegedly shot him, 26-year-old Jarvis Hardy.

Arnold was part of a 12-member team led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration taking part in a raid at a low-slung, red-brick house, according to DEA Special Agent Debbie Webber. The DEA has not said why they were focusing on Hardy, who according to online court records has no previous felony convictions in Orleans or Jefferson Parish. But the team raiding the house was just one of eight serving warrants this morning, Webber said.

Normand said that Arnold was shot in the neck, torso and arm.

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