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Man who died “after being tased by police and jumping into the Thames” pictured

Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore was 41 years old

The man who died after being tasered and jumping into the River Thames from a London bridge has been pictured.

Neighbors are said to have named Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore, 41, as the person who died in the incident.

Mail Online reported that the 41-year-old from Pimlico has had a history of mental health issues.

The website added that a neighbor described him as a “really nice guy” and said they saw police searching his home.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating the Chelsea Bridge incident, which came after police were called to reports that Mr Omishore was shouting incoherently and holding a screwdriver.

Two Metropolitan Police officers arrived at the scene on Saturday morning and the victim was tasered three times.

Footage widely circulated on social media showed one of the officers tasering him multiple times before running to the edge of the bridge just after 9am on Saturday and seemingly jumping over the railing into the river.

Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore

Mr Omishore is said to have been tasered three times (Image: Facebook/Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore)

He struggled to fight the tide and breathe but was pulled to safety by the RNLI before being taken to hospital but later died.

A witness told Mail Online: “When the two officers arrived he ran onto the bridge and because of his size they tried to taser him. I saw them use it at least twice but it didn’t incapacitate him.

“Instead, he managed to run away, jump over a barrier and jump into the river. It was awful to see.

“At one point I saw his head and shoulders sticking out of the water and he was struggling for air. The tide was strong and he couldn’t swim.”

IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem said: “Our condolences go out to the family of the deceased man and everyone else affected. We have already met with the man’s family to explain our role and will keep them regularly updated as our investigation progresses.

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Police have been called to reports of a man carrying a screwdriver and shouting on Chelsea Bridge on Saturday morning (Image: MyLondon)

“We have an independent investigation underway into the interaction between the officers and the man on the bridge.

“While we have footage we would ask people to contact us immediately if they saw or recorded any part of the incident, either on the bridge after the man was in the water or on Lambeth Pier when the man was taken there.’

She continued, “We would also ask anyone who was on a boat near the bridge at this time on Saturday morning to get in touch with us.”

According to the IOPC, investigators have begun examining CCTV and have seen some footage filmed on a phone on the bridge, as well as police body-worn video.

The police officers involved have given their first reports on what happened.

An autopsy will take place in due course.

Metropolitan Police Commander Alexis Boon added: “My thoughts are with the man’s family at this very difficult time. I offer you my sincere condolences on your tragic loss.

“Officials go to work every day to keep the public safe and as such any incident where a person is harmed following contact with the police is understandably a cause for concern.

“Our officers face some of the most challenging and difficult situations on a daily basis, fully aware that their actions should rightfully be subject to public scrutiny. The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards immediately referred the Independent Office for Police Conduct to this sad incident and we will work fully with them as they work to understand the full circumstances.

Anyone with information can contact the IOPC on 0300 3035579 or email chelseabridge@policeconduct.gov.uk.

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