Man In Critical Condition After Being Tasered By Police And Falling From Chelsea Bridge, London
A man wielding a screwdriver fell from Chelsea Bridge into the River Thames after being tasered by police. The man was rescued by RNLI and taken to hospital, his condition is described as 'critical'.
Officers were called to the scene after reports of a man in his 40s shouting and wielding a screwdriver just after 9am.
In a video that circulated on social media, police ccould be seen challenging the man before discharging a taser.
Police were unable to detain the man, who was seen screaming and rolling on the floor in the middle of the road before getting up and scaling the edge of the bridge and appearing to throw himself into the River Thames below.
He was rescued in the water by the RNLI and transferred to hospital, where his condition was said to be 'critical'.
Detective Chief Inspector Rory Wilkinson, of the Met's Central West Command, 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 underway to establish exactly what happened."
UPDATE - 16:10pm - 05/06/2022
The IOPC, the police watchdog, said on Sunday the man, aged in his early 40s, had died in hospital and that an inquiry was underway.
Steve Noonan, IOPC director said: "We have spoken to the man's family to express our sincere condolences and explain our involvement. Our sympathies remain with them at this terrible time. Our independent investigation is underway into the police actions at the bridge and we have begun gathering and reviewing evidence."