Douglas County Corrections holds press conference following shooting incident inside jail

Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 8:41 AM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Douglas County Corrections Director Mike Myers and a representative from Douglas County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference Monday afternoon.

The Omaha Police Department was called to the Douglas County Corrections Sunday night to help an officer. A firearm was discovered during a strip search while booking an individual.

According to a release, 22-year-old Brandon Jennings was being booked for robbery and domestic violence assault when he threatened the corrections staff with a firearm.

According to Meyers, a search was done by law enforcement before they took him into custody and the gun was missed which can happen before a more thorough search.

Jennings went into another room and fired the weapon, resulting in a wound to the head.

Jennings was found conscious and alert, he was then apprehended and transported to the Nebraska Medical Center.

“Most importantly, we are grateful that the brave women and men of the Douglas County Department of Corrections were not physically harmed, though they are understandably shaken up by this incident,” said Mike Myers, director of Douglas County Department of Corrections. “We have a lot of information to analyze and discuss both internally and with the Omaha Police Department to ensure we never have a repeat of this event.”

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