Man found dead in cell at Pima County jail

Amin Shaheed Muhammad Ali was found dead in the Pima County Jail on Sunday, Nov. 20.
Amin Shaheed Muhammad Ali was found dead in the Pima County Jail on Sunday, Nov. 20.(Pima County Sheriff's Department)
Published: Nov. 21, 2022 at 3:37 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Authorities are investigating after a man being held at the Pima County jail reportedly hanged himself in his cell on Sunday, Nov. 20.

According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, corrections officers conducted a security check on pod 1G in the Pima County Adult Detention Complex and found the area was secure.

Nearly 10 minutes later, deputies said, corrections officers found a man who had reportedly tied a sheet to the top bunk bed and his neck, causing his own strangulation. The man has since been identified as 40-year-old Amin Shaheed Muhammad Ali, who was in custody after being charges with introducing contraband into a corrections facility.

Though corrections officers tried to resuscitate the man, he was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives found no signs of trauma and no suspicious circumstances.

This is the second incident in a week in which someone has died by self-strangulation in the Pima County jail.

Ali was found guilty in 1999 to aggravated assault and was sentenced to five years in prison.

In 2010, Ali was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault and attempt to commit aggravated assault and sentenced to 21 years. In that case, he shot his stepfather during an incident in 2008 at a home in Sahuarita. He had initially been charged with attempted murder, but a jury found him guilty of lesser charges.

The contraband case stems from February.

While in prison, Ali had the following disciplinary infractions:

  • Seven assaults on other inmates
  • Five counts of fighting
  • Four counts of threats or intimidation
  • Two counts of theft
  • One count of rioting
  • One assault on a staff member
  • One count of weapon possession
  • One count of tampering with security devices