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NSW inmate uses officer's gun on himself

A prisoner en route to hospital on the NSW south coast has died after allegedly grabbing an officer's gun and firing multiple shots before turning the weapon on himself.

The 37-year-old man was being medically transferred to a hospital in Wollongong when the incident occurred.

The inmate allegedly took the firearm from a nearby officer before running down a Wollongong street and firing it a number of times.

The man then used the gun on himself.

Corrective Services NSW is investigating the incident, a spokeswoman said.

"The 37-year-old man suffered serious self-inflicted injuries during an escort to a medical facility at approximately midday today and died a short time later."

"All deaths in custody are subject to a coronial inquest."

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