Police are investigating the firey death of a man who burst into flames after dousing himself in petrol and then being shot with a taser gun.
Officers used the gun after the man had poured gasoline over himself.
Juan Flores Lopez, 47, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Texas.
Police initially used pepper spray when they tried to take Lopez into custody. Then they used the Taser. Some stun guns emit an electric spark when they deliver the jolt of electricity.
The Texas Rangers were also investigating whether a lighter that was on the porch could have contributed to the fire.
“We don’t know what ignited the fire,” police said.
No, we can not know for sure if the TASER ignited the gasoline soaked victim, but I for christ sakes, folks. Hopefully other law enforcement agencies will learn from this message, and not taser future people soaked in gas.
On the upside, the victim had a Hispanic name, so it wasn’t like a real American or anything. Hell, Xenophobe central (“Dying in a DUI is bad, but if the driver is a Mexican, it is WORSE!”) will probably have a post up any day now telling us why this was actually a good thing,.