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Man who fell into River Thames after being tasered by Met officer is in ‘critical condition’

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Man who fell off Chelsea Bridge into River Thames after being tasered by Met Police officer is in ‘critical condition’ as violence refers itself to police watchdog for investigation

  • A man fell from a bridge in the Thames after the Met Police fired a taser
  • Police were called to Chelsea Bridge Road over reports of a man holding a screwdriver
  • A taser was fired before the man could be safely held and he fell into the water
  • He is now in critical condition and Met has referred himself to the police watchdog

A man who ended up in London’s River Thames after apparently being tasered by a Met Police officer has been described as ‘in critical condition’.

Police have referred themselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to investigate the circumstances leading to the taser’s use this morning.

Police were called to the scene in Chelsea Bridge Road, west London, at 9:03 a.m. today after receiving reports that a man was armed with a screwdriver and screaming.

The Met said officers arrived at the scene and challenged a man on Chelsea Bridge before the taser was unloaded.

However, police said this “didn’t allow officers to apprehend him safely” and the man, believed to be in his forties, “then went into the river.”

After falling off the bridge, a rescue mission was launched and he was rescued by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Police were called to the scene in Chelsea Bridge Road, west London, at 9:03 a.m. today after receiving reports that a man was armed with a screwdriver and shouted

The Met said officers arrived at the scene and challenged a man on Chelsea Bridge before the taser was unloaded.  However, this 'didn't allow the officers to hold him safely'

The Met said officers arrived at the scene and challenged a man on Chelsea Bridge before the taser was unloaded. However, this ‘didn’t allow the officers to hold him safely’

The man was taken to hospital where his condition is critical.

Detectives are in contact with the man’s family, the Met added. They are supported by specialized officers.

The Met’s own professional standards department will conduct research in addition to the IOPC probe.

Detective Chief Inspector Rory Wilkinson said, “My thoughts are with this man, who is in the hospital extremely unwell. Officers are making every effort to contact his family.

“I understand that there are always concerns about incidents where people are harmed through contact with the police.

“All Met officers know they are responsible for their actions, and a full investigation is underway to determine exactly what happened.”

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