State Attorney's Office: Charges coming in fiery incident involving deputy – News 13 Orlando

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Charges will be filed in connection with a use-of-force incident involving Osceola County sheriff’s deputies at an Orange County Wawa in which multiple people were burned, State Attorney Monique Worrell’s office announced Thursday.
The incident happened at the Wawa on the corner of John Young Parkway and Central Parkway on Feb. 27. Deputies reported that they were responding to a call of a motorcyclist pointing guns at people. A State Fire Marshal report confirmed that a stun gun deployed by one of the deputies caused a fire that burned multiple people, and the man deputies confronted, Jean Barreto, was severely burned.
One deputy and a suspect will face charges, the State Attorney’s Office said.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office had told the State Attorney’s Office that it was conducting an investigation of the case. No other information was made publicly available, and the State Attorney’s Office said it had been told that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement would not be called in.
Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez is recommending charges against a deputy and a motorcyclist in connection to a fire at an Orange County gas station that left that deputy and the motorcyclist with severe burns.
Sheriff Lopez says a gun was never recovered, but Barreto matched witness descriptions, and he says sheriff helicopter video shows Barreto driving wrecklessly on his motorcycle through traffic.
Lopez says because Deputy David Crawford knew gas had spilled near a pump when he shot a taser in an attempt to apprehend Barreto, he’ll recommend Crawford be charged with culpable negligence.
“Although I personally believe there was no malice in his decision to do so, because he also received burns and injuries, under the law, his actions were wreckless and held to such a disregard for human life that it rises to the level of probable cause for culpable negligence," Lopez told Spectrum News.
The attorney for the motorcyclist injured is calling for the FDLE or the U.S. Justice Department to open an independent investigation.
The State Attorney’s Office said it was told the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office will hold a news conference Thursday to discuss the matter publicly.
“In order to retain and continue building community trust, it is imperative that our law enforcement agencies work collaboratively in providing transparent investigations that are above reproach,” State Attorney Monique Worrell said in a statement released Thursday. “Upon receipt of the information from the Sheriff’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office will review the case, conduct any supplemental investigation needed, and file the appropriate charges.”


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