Man dies after being Tasered by police and then falling into River Thames

Metropolitan Police officers were at the scene on Saturday after reports emerged of a man armed with a screwdriver screaming before being tasered and falling into the River Thames

The scene at Chelsea Bridge on Saturday
The scene at Chelsea Bridge on Saturday

A man who was tasered by police and then fell into the Thames has died.

Officers were called to Chelsea Bridge Road on Saturday morning after receiving reports a man was armed with a screwdriver and was shouting.

He was rescued from the water and taken to hospital in critical condition, but later died.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has now announced that the man died in hospital in his early 40s.

An independent investigation has begun.

IOPC Director Steve Noonan said: “We have spoken to the man’s family to express our sincere condolences and to explain our involvement.

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards is investigating the incident



“Our sympathy goes out to them at this terrible time. Our independent investigation into the police actions at the bridge is ongoing and we have begun to collect and review evidence.”

A rescue operation was launched when the man fell into the river before being taken to safety by the RNLI.

Witness Kamal Elsayes, who was just driving over the bridge when it happened, said the sun: “The guy was holding what looked like a blue screwdriver.

“The police told him to put it down. He dropped it and next he jumps in the river.”

The police are trying to locate the man’s family



Commander Alexis Boon, Frontline Policing, said: “My thoughts are with the man’s family at this very difficult time. I offer you my sincere condolences on your tragic loss.

“Officials go to work every day to keep the public safe and as such any incident where a person is harmed following contact with the police is understandably a cause for concern.

“Our officers face some of the most challenging and difficult situations on a daily basis, fully aware that their actions should rightfully be subject to public scrutiny.

“The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards referred the Independent Bureau of Police Conduct immediately following this sad incident, and we will work fully with them as they work to understand the full circumstances.”

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