Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal said in The Daily Iberian Newspaper Jones tested positive for HIV and hepatitis B and C.
Abbeville Police Chief Rick Coleman said he was informed of the information and all the officers who dealt with Jones were treated medically.
According to the Abbeville police arrest report, two Abbeville police officers responded to a domestic disturbance call from Jones’ mother, Wilda, on Feb. 13 at 4 a.m.
The report states that Jones resisted arrest by biting arresting officers Lester Luquette or Robert Higgins. The report does not state which officer was bitten. Whoever was bitten will undergo tests for the HIV virus every six months. Both officers received medical help after learning the news about Jones.
Also, Thursday night, Abbeville attorney Louis G. Garrot announced he is no longer representing Wilda Jones in any capacity involving the death of her son. He informed the Meridional with a letter. The Jones family called Garrot after learning Jones had died.
An Abbeville police officer is not the only one who was bitten by Jones, according to The Daily Iberian.
One deputy in the Iberia Parish jail was bitten which caused blood to be drawn, the New Iberia paper reported. The deputy was taken to Iberia Medical Center Wednesday and given many shots. Also, two Iberia Sheriff deputies will undergo HIV testing. They assisted in handling Jones when he was found naked and bleeding after he attacked a jail official, Ackal added in the Iberian. Jones is said to have stopped breathing after that.
The Iberia Parish Coroner is still waiting on the autopsy as to what killed him.