ALBANY – New York State Attorney General Letitia James has released two videos as part of her investigation into the death of 29-year-old Jason Jones. The death is being investigated due to an incident that occurred inside the Catskill Police Department on October 30, 2021.
Jones, who entered the lobby of the station and had an encounter with officers, was acting erratically and began removing his clothes while interacting with three officers. When officers attempted to subdue him, Jones grabbed a one-gallon jug of state-issued hand sanitizer and began dousing himself with it.
At one point, an officer deployed a Taser at Jones, who was becoming aggressive. Within a second of the electrical charge hitting jones, it appears that the hand sanitizer, with a high alcohol content, ignited. After the fire was extinguished, Jones was treated at a local hospital before being transferred to the Syracuse Hospital burn unit. He spent 45 days there before dying on December 15, 2021.
Because the death involved members of law enforcement, it is being investigated by the State Attorney General’s Office.
The two videos documenting the incident are available at the link below. Viewers are warned that the recordings contain disturbing images. Viewer discretion is advised.
The videos can be viewed by clicking HERE.