Chelsea Bridge; Man fighting for his life after being tasered by police

A man is fighting for his life after being tasered and then rescued from the River Thames by police after reports said he was carrying a screwdriver and screaming on Chelsea Bridge. Police were called at 9:03am today (Saturday 4 June) to reports of a man armed with a screwdriver shouting on Chelsea Bridge Road. Officers arrived at the scene a short time later and challenged a man on Chelsea Bridge. The force tasered the man but were unable to safely restrain him. Caption Chelsea Bridge in west London remains closed in both directions (

The man reportedly screamed and waved a screwdriver around (Image: BPM Media)

A man who jumped into the Thames after police fired a taser to try and hold him down is in critical condition.

Police were called to the scene on Chelsea Bridge Road, west London, after receiving reports a man was armed with a screwdriver and was shouting.

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 hold him safely” and the man, believed to be in his 40s, “entered” the river afterwards.

He was rescued by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and taken to hospital where he is now in critical condition.

Investigators are contacting the man’s family. The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards will investigate the incident.

(FILES) A file photo taken December 5, 2007 shows a British police officer holding a taser pistol during a training session at the Metropolitan Police Specialist Training Center in Gravesend, Kent, southeast England. The Swiss parliament on March 18, 2008 approved the use of Tasers by the police in the forced deportation of foreigners from the country, the Swiss news agency ATS reported. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA/FILES (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)

Police said they were unable to safely apprehend the man even after firing a taser (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

In the meantime, the case has been referred to the regulator, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Detective Chief Inspector Rory Wilkinson said: “My thoughts are with this man who is in extremely poor condition in hospital. Officials are trying 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 officials know they are responsible for their actions and a full investigation is being conducted to determine exactly what happened.”

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