A Pima County jail inmate has died after an altercation with a corrections officer Thursday afternoon, an official said.

The altercation between 53-year-old David Maxwell and Officer Jason Hubert occurred about 2 p.m. The inmate was struck during the fight, but details about what prompted the fight were not released by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

The inmate died after attempts to aid him.

Hubert was not injured, the release said. He was put on administrative leave, as is standard protocol, said a Sheriff’s Department statement released Friday morning.

Hubert has been with the department since October 2007.

The incident is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Division.

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Maxwell was in jail pending a trial for allegedly shooting his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend and her daughter’s boyfriend at a Tucson home Dec. 31, 2017, according to court documents.

Maxwell faced three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited possessor, unlawful discharge of a firearm in or into the city limits and three counts of endangerment, the documents said.

Maxwell was awaiting a court hearing on April 15 after denying a plea deal last year.

Contact Star reporter Shaq Davis at 573-4218 or sdavis@tucson.com

On Twitter: @ShaqDavis1


Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.