Family seeking justice for man in coma after tasing incident

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 6:54 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Jermaine Jones Jr. is in critical condition after the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says one of its deputies tased the 24-year-old during a traffic stop.

We dug into the case to walk you through what happened.

It all started at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Clifton Street. That’s where deputies say they stopped a sport utility with multiple people inside. They say Jones ran from the scene and that’s when one officer tased him. On the way to jail, we’re told Jones experienced a medical emergency putting him in critical condition.

We found this isn’t Jones’ first run-in with law enforcement.

But we talked to family members who say they believe more happened than just a tase.

Keyana Gaines has spent the past two days in the hospital sitting next to her son.

“It’s a mother’s worst nightmare,” said Gaines.

Jones’ dad, Jermaine Jones Sr., tells us that on Monday, deputies pulled over their SUV. He says he was inside along with his son and one other person. They were leaving a tow yard. The dad tells us the deputies found a gun in the SUV.

“It was his instinct to run because he was on probation and wasn’t supposed to be around,” he said.

The 24-year-old ran from deputies but his dad said he didn’t get far before getting tased in the back and hitting his head on the ground.

“How he going to fall that hard from a tase? I was right there and saw the whole thing,” he said.

A Georgia Bureau of Investigation report says there was a struggle between deputies and Jones Jr. while they tried to detain him.

“They were on him beating him and I got up and said, ‘Hey, that’s my child. What are y’all doing?” the dad said.

Jones Jr. was being taken to the detention center when deputies reported he had a medical emergency.

Now he’s in a coma in critical condition.

Jermaine M. Jones Jr. was in critical condition after an encounter with Richmond County deputies.
Jermaine M. Jones Jr. was in critical condition after an encounter with Richmond County deputies.(WRDW)

“They had to do something with my child,” the dad said.

“He was hit in his head and it was blunt-force trauma to his head,” said Gaines.

Jones Jr. is on probation for aggravated assault for pointing and shooting a gun at his girlfriend in 2019. In the same year, he was charged with a simple battery misdemeanor for allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face.

“Nobody’s perfect. Everyone knows he has a record or whatever, but he’s not a bad person,” said Gaines.

The family believes there’s more to the story than deputies tasing Jones.

“I just want my child to make it through this and I want justice. I wont stop until I get it,” she said.

The GBI is handling this investigation. That’s fairly common if an investigation is required into the actions of a deputy. We reached out to the GBI to see if there are any updates in the investigation. They responded back with no new information.

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