Harrison County

Blood drive will benefit wounded officer

GULFPORT -- The Gulfport Police Department will host a blood drive Monday to benefit a law enforcement officer critically wounded in a shooting during a drug roundup in New Orleans.

The drive benefits Steve Arnold, a Jefferson Parish deputy assigned to a DEA Drug Task Force in New Orleans. He was part of a team serving a search warrant at a home Tuesday when shots were fired and Arnold was struck five times. The person named in the warrant now faces an attempted murder charge.

The blood drive will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

DEA Special Agent Keith Brown of the New Orleans field office has said the drug roundup targeted drug-related violence in eastern New Orleans.

DEA's Gulfport office is urging all to support the blood drive.

Registration will be in the lobby of the police department at 2220 15th Street.

Details: 863-2992.

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