The Metropolitan Police said a man believed to be in his 40s is fighting for his life after being rescued from the river near Chelsea Bridge Road in west London
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A man is fighting for his life after being dragged from the River Thames by police with Tasers.
Officers were called to the crime scene in Chelsea Bridge Road, west London, after receiving reports a man was armed with a screwdriver and was screaming.
The Metropolitan Police said officers arrived at the scene and challenged a man on Chelsea Bridge before a taser was fired.
However, the force said this “did not allow officers to safely detain him” and the man, who is believed to be in his 40s, “entered the river afterwards”.
A rescue operation was launched and the man was taken to safety by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The man was taken to a hospital where he is in critical condition.
Detectives are in the process of contacting the man’s family, the Met added. They are supported by specialist officers.
The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards will investigate while the police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), referred the case to them.
Detective Chief Inspector Rory Wilkinson of the Met’s Central West BCU said: “My thoughts go out to this man who is extremely poorly in hospital. Officials are making every effort to contact his family.
“I understand that there are always concerns about incidents where people are harmed after coming into contact with the police.
“All Met officers know they are responsible for their actions and a full investigation is being conducted to determine exactly what happened.”
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