NORMAN, Okla. – An Oklahoma police officer cleared in the death of a man who burst into flames and died after he was hit by a Taser when he was in his petrol-soaked of.
District Attorney Greg Mashburn released a letter Friday stating that Lindsay police officer Brian Guthrie was “justified and appropriate” to deploy the Taser on 52-year-old Dana Dean Carrothers. Carrothers died Nov. 7 after catching fire when he was shot with the Taser re-introduced in the vicinity of Lindsay, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City.
Mashburn wrote that Carrothers did not respond to officers’ commands and was an attempt to re-enter his vehicle when Guthrie deployed his Taser. He says Carrothers’ torso almost immediately burst into flames.
Carrothers’ brother Jeffrey, declined to comment on Mashburn decision.