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AG's office takes over Jones' death investigation

Dec 19, 2021 6:00 am

Ted Remsnyder is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media state Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation into the death of Jason Jones of Catskill following an incident at the Catskill Police Station in October. Jones, 29, died on December 15, 48 days after he was set ablaze after being tased by an unidentified Catskill village police officer. Jones was allegedly in an agitated state when he entered the station and "doused himself with hand sanitizer," according to reports. He then "became hostile," causing the officer on duty to use the taser, but the shot ignited the fire that engulfed Jones, resulting in severe injury. James said in an announcement December 16, that the Office of Special Investigation has opened a probe into the circumstances surrounding the incident after Greene County District Attorney Joseph Stanzione announced he would be turning the matter over, pursuant to state law. “OSI assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person, by an act or omission,” the AG’s Office said in a statement. “Under the law, the officer may be on-duty or off-duty, and the decedent may be armed or unarmed. Also, the decedent may or may not be in custody or incarcerated. If OSI’s assessment indicates an officer caused the death, OSI proceeds to conduct a full investigation of the incident.” The Jones family attorney, Kevin Luibrand of Latham, released a brief statement on December 16. “Jason fought a 48-day battle in intensive care and his family was with him throughout,” he said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.