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A dirt bike rider is fighting for his life after he was tasered by a police officer while pumping gas at a Florida gas station, causing the pump to explode and him to be ‘cooked alive’ in a giant fireball, his attorneys say.
Shocking video shows the explosion from the February 27 incident, which left 26 year-old Jean Barretto with ‘third-degree burns on approximately 75% of his body’ and without most of his skin, his lawyers say.
‘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.’
An internal investigation is currently underway over the Osceola County Sheriff’s’ handling of the incident.
Meanwhile Barretto, who was reportedly targeted because he attended a banned motorbike enthusiast event that was broken up by cops, is set to be put in a medically induced coma as he undergoes more intense treatment to stay alive.
Jean Barretto, 26, is fighting for his life after he was tasered by a cop while pumping gas, causing the pump to explode and him to be ‘cooked’ alive, his attorneys say. He now has ‘third-degree burns on approximately 75% of his body’ and is set to be put in a medically induced coma
Shocking video shows the fireball explosion from the February 27 incident, which left Barretto without most of his skin. Barretto, who was targeted because he attended a banned motorbike enthusiast event that was broken up by cops, is undergoing intense treatment to stay alive
The footage the shows the unidentified officer deploy his Taser at Barretto, who had already been tackled to the ground. The shot sets off a chain reaction that causes the pump to explode
The department recently adopted a zero-tolerance policy forbidding such rallies, lawyers for Barretto say. They are demanding the state take over the investigation and hold the officers involved accountable. The deputy has yet to be named.
The department has refused to provide body camera footage and incident reports chronicling the incident.
Video shows Barretto pumping gas into his motorbike outside the Orange County Wawa where the explosion would eventually occur, after he had stopped to get gas following the rally in Osceola County.
After about a minute-and-a-half at the pump, Barretto is tackled from behind by the deputy, who reportedly had been following him from the rally.
Video shows at least three other Osceola deputy vehicles then surround Barretto and his dirt bike.
The incident transpired at this Wawa gas station in Orange County roughly 10 weeks ago
The footage the shows the unidentified officer deploy his Taser at Barretto, who was on the ground at the time. The shot then sets off a chain reaction causing the gas pump Barretto had been at to explode.
Police refused to turn over footage of the incident from the officers’ body-cameras, and have yet to identify the deputies involved, pending an internal investigation.
Lawyers for Barretto are demanding the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and US Department of Justice take over the probe, and begin an investigation into the protocols, practices, policies, and procedures of the Sheriff’s Office.
In a press release describing the incident, attorneys called the deputy’s use of the stun gun as ‘reckless, foolish, unnecessary and deadly,’ and questioned why ‘military tactics’ were used when Barretto was not armed.
They went on to explicitly detail the gruesome injuries Barretto suffered as a result of the explosion.
‘While being cooked alive, Mr. Barreto sustained third-degree burns on approximately 75% of his body, front and back from his feet to the bottom of his neck.’
The release further revealed that most of Barreto’s skin had been burned off as a result of the incident and has spent the past 10 weeks in a hospital, where he is undergoing procedures that require his dead skin to be routinely peeled off of his body.
The release also revealed that a State Fire Marshal analysis of the crime scene confirmed that the taser had in fact caused the fire.
Barreto, meanwhile – who is at Orlando Health Hospital – will be placed in a medically induced coma as doctors grow skin tissue to use for skin grafting, his lawyers said.
They criticized the OCSO for not turning over officers’ body-worn camera footage and police reports, and request state or federal intervention into the investigation, which could result in charges being filed against officers.
The Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment Wednesday morning.