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NJ cop accidentally shoots self during arrest

January 27, 2012 9:14:29 AM PST
The arrest of a violent carjacking suspect took an unexpected turn in New Jersey and landed a police officer in the hospital.

The Jersey City cop, identified as Jesse Soto, accidentally shot himself in the stomach during the surprise takedown.

Authorities were looking for a female suspect who was arrested Thursday night in an apartment complex in Elizabeth. She was a fugitive who had skipped out on a court date.

Latoya Campbell, 20, was the suspect in a violent carjacking in October of 2009 in Jersey City. She is facing a prison term that could land her behind bars for more than three decades.

Police raided a second-floor apartment at the Templeton Arms complex and took her into custody without incident just before 10:30 p.m. That's when Soto, trying to put his gun back in his holster, accidentally shot himself in the stomach.

He was rushed to University Hospital, where he was treated and released. The bullet was a through-and-through shot and did not hit any vital organs.

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