A man who died on a Wollongong street after he disarmed a corrective services officer and turned the gun on himself has been identified as South Coast Correctional Centre inmate Mathew Lothian.
The 37-year-old, from Strathfield, was transferred to Wollongong on Wednesday to receive medical care at rooms inside the Piccadilly Centre, on the corner of Crown St and Gladstone Avenue.
Wearing prison greens, he allegedly pushed passed a male and female corrective services officer and took the woman's gun.
Lothian was in prison for offences including aggravated assault, and was facing more recent charges.
He fronted Burwood Local Court in March last year on a raft of charges including police pursuit, drive recklessly, larceny and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment, to be released on parole after five months.
He was on parole when he was charged with serious domestic violence crimes, including an allegation of choking a woman.
He denied those allegations and was due to defend himself at a February 4 hearing in Sydney.
The Mercury understands the female correctives officer involved has not returned to work.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for Corrective Services NSW said the department was investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 37-year-old inmate at Wollongong on Wednesday.
"We are committed to supporting all staff involved, their colleagues and families, and the man's family," she said.
"It would be inappropriate to comment further while the matter is being investigated and goes before the Coroner."
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