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Florida man is 'cooked alive' after being tasered by officers at a gas station

Three months later Barreto’s is still “without skin on most of his body, his skin having been burned off”

May 19, 2022 12:32pm

Updated: May 22, 2022 3:20pm

A man is fighting for his life after a police officer tased him at a gas station, igniting a fire that “cooked” him alive, his lawyers stated.

Jean Barreto, 26, is still recovering from the incident that took place on February 7 in Orange County, which left third-degree burns on more than 75% of his body.

“He is wrapped and unwrapped in gauze daily, bleeding profusely still as he doesn’t have the requisite amount of skin to contain his body fluids,” the NeJame Law group said in a statement.

Barreto, a FedEx employee, stopped at a Wawa gas station on his way home from a motorcycle enthusiast gathering that had been broken up by police. Barreto allegedly fled from an attempted traffic stop and was found at the gas station, according to NBC News.

The gas station’s surveillance footage shows Barreto filling up his car when a Osceola County sheriff’s deputy tackled him.

“As Mr. Barreto was knocked over from behind, by this surprise take down [sic] from a then-unknown force, his dirt bike also went down, spilling gas over Mr. Barreto and the Deputy,” the statement continued.

Three other police cars arrived at the scene. Upon seeing the struggle on the ground, one of the officers deployed his taser, setting Barreto’s body on fire. The deputy who had tackled Barreto was also severely burned.

“Gasoline is pooling underneath them, soaking their clothing,” a report on the incident said. “At one point during the video, you can hear the Taser device cycle, then immediately see a flash ... then watch the fire travel from underneath the Deputies to everyone involved and back to the [dirt bike].”

Shocking #Video, #JeanBarreto #Florida Man Burned Alive After Being Tasered By Cop At Gas Station Near A pump This level of incompetence & situational awareness plagues #Police forces across America.

— Uber Rock JDB (@Toronto1) May 19, 2022

According to his lawyers, the incident that left four injured was “caused by the reckless, foolish, unnecessary tasing.”

As a result, three months later Barreto’s is still “without skin on most of his body, his skin having been burned off,” they stated.

Barreto will be placed in a medically induced coma to remove the tissue from his body and prepare him for a ground-breaking procedure of skin grafting.