A Florida deputy accused of recklessly deploying a stun gun on a man who was covered in gasoline. And became a “human fireball” has been charged in the incident at a gas station last year.
Osceola County Deputy David Crawford was charged this week with. One count of culpable negligence involving personal injury, a first-degree misdemeanor. According to the state attorney for the Ninth Judicial District.
Jean Barreto suffered second- and third-degree burns over at least 75% of her body. After the February 2022 incident at an Orlando gas station.
Deputies were chasing Barretto, who was “charged with a traffic law violation. Because he ‘popped a wheel’ into traffic while on his dirt bike.” And a struggle ensued, the state attorney’s office said.
Barreto was pumping gas when Crawford tackled him. And “drooled over gasoline,” according to Barreto’s attorney Mark Nejam.
Crawford then deployed his Taser, setting Barreto on fire and turning him into a “human fireball,” Nejam said.
Barretto will need lifelong care, his attorney said, adding that the man has racked up more than $7 million in medical expenses.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said it is letting the criminal justice. System decide whether Crawford committed a crime.
“More than a year ago, we investigated this case. And sent our findings to the State Attorney’s Office for review. We believe it is appropriate to let the criminal justice system determine. Whether Deputy Crawford committed. A crime that can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.” read the statement. .
Crawford joined the agency in 2012.
If convicted, Crawford could face up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000, according to the State Attorney’s Office.