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Arizona prison authorities investigate inmate death as homicide

Joseph S. Zawacki (Arizona Department of Corrections Photo)

PHOENIX — An inmate serving time at a state prison in Tucson has been killed in what authorities said was a suspected homicide.

The Arizona Department of Corrections said 46-year-old Joseph S. Zawacki was killed early Monday morning in a recreation yard at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson.

The department said three suspects had been identified.

Authorities have declined to say how Zawacki was killed.

Officers tried life-saving measures on Zawacki, but he was later pronounced dead.

Zawacki was serving a sentence for convictions from Maricopa County on forgery and armed robbery charges.

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