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Catskill man remains in serious condition after police used stun gun on him

Nov 07, 2021 6:00 am

Bill Williams, Kate Lisa and Natasha Vaughn are reporting for Columbia-Greene Media Catskill village resident Jason Jones, 29, was set alight when village police used a stun gun on him as he stood inside the Main Street police station on Sat., Oct. 30. The episode prompted an inquiry by the Greene County District Attorney's Office and investigators are now looking into video footage of the incident. Jones was originally taken to Albany Medical Center, but he is now being treated at the Clark Burn Center at SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse. As of Fri., Nov. 5, he remained in serious condition. “His condition is very serious,” said his attorney, Kevin Luibrand, of Latham. It is alleged that Jones walked into the Catskill Police station at approximately 1:30 a.m., Oct. 30. Police said he then doused himself with hand sanitizer, a potentially highly inflammable substance, and became confrontational with the officers on duty. Jones appeared to be intoxicated when he walked into the station, police said. “It’s a horrible incident to have happened in Catskill,” Catskill Police Chief David Darling said. The Catskill Police station is equipped with security cameras inside and outside the building, the chief said. “We understand there are video recordings of what happened,” Luibrand said. “We’ve requested the preservation of the video recording. I expect some opportunity to review it.” Darling declined to comment further on the situation, citing the ongoing investigation. Luibrand also declined to speak about the details of the investigation. District Attorney Joseph Stanzione declined to comment on whether criminal charges would be filed against anyone involved in the incident, saying that his office is in the early stages of the investigation. The Jones family told Luibrand they will not make a public statement at this time. “The only timeline we’re on right now with the family is to get him recovered — that’s all the family is focused on,” Luibrand said. Jones is a 2010 Catskill High School graduate. He excelled as an athlete on the basketball and track teams. Jones threw shotput and discus, and in May 2009, he won the Patroon Conference title in shotput and discus. Catskill Central School District superintendent Ronel Cook said, “I do not know all of the particulars regarding this unfortunate situation. Nevertheless, Mr. Jones is a Catskill graduate. Anyone who graduates from this fine institution is considered a member of the Catskill family. I wish Mr. Jones a speedy recovery and our thoughts and prayers are with him.” Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

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