Wednesday, 6 Jul 2022

Man fights for life after being tasered by police and falling into Thames

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A man who was tasered by the police has been left fighting for his life after falling into the River Thames.

Cops were called to reports of a man armed with a screwdriver at Chelsea Bridge Road, London.

Met Police said they challenged a man before the taser was discharged but said this "did not enable the officers to safely detain him" and he "subsequently entered the river".

The man, who is thought to be in his 40s, was pulled to safety by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

He was rushed to hospital where he remains in critical condition, reports The Mirror.

Detectives have confirmed they are in the process of contacting his family, who will be supported by specialist officers.

It has been reported that the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards will investigate. The case has also been referred to police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

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Detective Chief Inspector Rory Wilkinson of the Met's Central West BCU said: "My thoughts are with this man, who is extremely unwell in hospital. Officers are making every effort to make contact with his family.

"I understand that there are always concerns about incidents in which people come to harm having been in contact with police.

"All Met officers know that they are accountable for their actions, and a full investigation is under way to establish exactly what happened."

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