Man dies weeks after shot by police Taser, burst into flames

December 16, 2021 GMT

CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man died nearly six weeks after bursting into flames when police used a Taser to subdue him after he doused himself in hand sanitizer.

Jason Jones, 29, was taken off a ventilator at an intensive care unit at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, according to his family’s attorney, The Times Union reported Thursday. The state attorney general’s office will take part in the investigation into Jones’ death.

Jones had walked into the Catskill village police department in late October and got into a confrontation with officers. He appeared to be intoxicated and had removed his clothing, the newspaper reported.

Chief Dave Darling said last month that officers were were familiar with Jones from previous encounters, and were likely afraid he was going to hurt himself.

Jones had been a standout track and basketball athlete at Catskill High School over a decade ago, The Times Union reported.