Man dies after being Tasered by police before falling in River Thames

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A man who was Tasered by police before falling into the River Thames in London has died.

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

The man, who has been revealed to be in his early 40s, was rescued from the water and taken to hospital in a critical condition but his death has since been confirmed.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has confirmed the man died in hospital and an independent inquiry has begun.

IOPC director Steve Noonan 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 under way into the police actions at the bridge and we have begun gathering and reviewing evidence."

A video of the incident was posted online and shows the man jumping from the bridge.

The footage shows the man shouting at two Met Police officers while holding the object in his right hand.

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He is then Tasered by one of the officers and quickly falls to the ground.

"Get on the floor! Stay still!" another officer yells at him, but he gets up and is Tasered him the second time.

The effect of the Taser see him fall in front of van, driven by Kamal Elsayes, who is shocked by the sight.

The man then jumps across the lane divider after being Tasered the third time and eventually runs toward the barrier before falling into the Thames.

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