Catskill Police officers used a stun gun on an agitated man in their front lobby and the spark that caused him to burst into flames. The Attorney General’s Office says this is part of the investigation into the death of 29-year-old Jason Jones who passed on December 15, 2021 after the encounter with police on October 30
“The Taser is 50,000 volts of electricity. It’s well known, police are trained, not to use it in that circumstance. Jason predictably ignited as a result of that,” says Kevin Luibrand, the lawyer representing the Jones family. “Every single day police come into contact with people having some form of mental health episode, whether it’s on the streets or at home, and there’s ways to handle it. That’s not the way to handle it.”
(source – NY NEWS 10)
If you look closely when the taser is deployed you can see one of the electrodes coils in on itself, possibly arcing.