Osceola Sheriff to Respond to Wawa Fire Caused by Deputy’s Taser


LATEST: Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez is set to hold a news conference at 4 p.m. Thursday to discuss an arrest of Wawa that resulted in a massive blaze that left a man severely burned. WESH 2 will stream above. Lawyers for a 26-year-old man who was tasered at a gas pump by Osceola County sheriff’s deputies say he never committed a crime and now lives in extreme daily pain and fights for his life. Surveillance video from the Wawa at John Young and Central Florida Parkway on February 28 shows flames that engulfed motorcyclist Jean Baretto and three Osceola County deputies. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were trying to arrest Baretto who had fled after allegedly being part of a motorcycle gang driving recklessly and pointing a gun at other drivers. But on Wednesday, Baretto’s attorneys told a different story. “We don’t tell anything but the truth. And it’s not over,” attorney Mark NeJame said. NeJame and attorney Albert Yonfa are now representing Barreto who they say was initially not expected to survive and was hospitalized for 80 days with third degree burns to 75% of his body. Lawyers allege surveillance video shows Baretto, who they say was not fleeing, being attacked by a deputy from behind while pumping gas. Other deputies stop. A taser is fired at Baretto, and according to the state fire marshal’s report, that taser ignites the fire. Among the lawyer’s questions is why MPs would deploy a taser towards someone pumping highly flammable gas. The sheriff’s office has yet to release more information about the incident, including body camera video. “We are calling on the FDLE today to take over this case or have the US Department of Justice take over this case. There is too much going on, too many questions to ask,” NeJame said. So far, Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez has not responded to questions from WESH 2 News about the case and is planning a press conference on the incident Thursday afternoon. of those men died.As for the deputies who also suffered gas pump burns, according to the fire marshal’s office, two were treated and released, but a third suffered third-degree burns to his lower extremities and died. been hospitalized.

LATEST: Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez is set to hold a news conference at 4 p.m. Thursday to discuss an arrest of Wawa that resulted in a massive blaze that left a man severely burned. WESH 2 will stream above.

Lawyers for a 26-year-old man who was tasered at a gas pump by Osceola County sheriff’s deputies say he never committed a crime and now lives in extreme daily pain and fights for his life.

Surveillance video from the Wawa at John Young and Central Florida Parkway on Feb. 28 shows flames engulfing motorcyclist Jean Baretto and three Osceola County deputies.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were trying to arrest Baretto who had fled after allegedly being part of a motorcycle gang driving recklessly and pointing a gun at other drivers.

But on Wednesday, Baretto’s attorneys told a different story.

“We don’t say anything other than to bring out the truth. And it’s not over,” attorney Mark NeJame said.

NeJame and attorney Albert Yonfa are now representing Barreto who they say was initially not expected to survive and was hospitalized for 80 days with third degree burns to 75% of his body.

Lawyers allege surveillance video shows Baretto, who they say was not fleeing, being attacked by a deputy from behind while pumping gas.

Other deputies stop. A taser is fired at Baretto, and according to the state fire marshal’s report, that taser ignites the fire.

Among the lawyer’s questions is why deputies would deploy a Taser towards someone pumping highly flammable gas.

They also wonder why the sheriff’s office hasn’t yet released more information about the incident, including the body camera video.

“We call on the FDLE today to take over this case or have the United States Department of Justice take over this case. Too much going on, too many questions to ask,” NeJame said.

So far, Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez has not responded to questions from WESH 2 News regarding the case. He plans a press conference on the incident Thursday afternoon.

Lopez has been in hot water lately with the actions of his deputies also implicated in the murder of three young men suspected of shoplifting at Kissimmee Target. One of these men is dead.

As for the deputies who also suffered gas pump burns, according to the fire marshal’s office, two were treated and released, but a third suffered third-degree burns to his lower limbs and was hospitalized.


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