UPDATE: Man being booked into Omaha jail fires gun, injures self

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police plan an internal investigation after a man shot himself inside the Douglas County Jail.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that 22-year-old Brandon Jennings is hospitalized in critical condition. Police say it’s unclear how Jennings concealed the small gun used in the shooting.

Jennings was arrested Sunday on suspicion of domestic assault and carjacking. Police say Jennings allegedly approached a woman, who a witness told officers was Jennings’ girlfriend, as she dropped off her child at a babysitter’s home.

Police say Jennings assaulted the woman and took her vehicle. He was later arrested and taken to the jail, where he allegedly threatened jail personnel before shooting himself.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man being booked into the Douglas County jail fired a gun that officers discovered during a strip search and wounded himself, the county Department of Corrections director says.

Department Director Mike Myers said in a statement that the incident occurred Sunday night when Omaha police officers were trying to book the man into jail. After the gun was discovered during the strip search, the man threatened corrections officers and staff with it, then fired.

According to Omaha reporters, the person was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and no other people were injured.

The man was identified Monday as Brandon Jennings, 22, of Omaha.

Myers said his agency and the local police will be analyzing the shooting “to ensure we never have a repeat of this event.”

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