First pics of man who died after being ‘Tasered by police and jumping in Thames’

The first images of the man who died after being Tasered by police before jumping into the Thames have been released.

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

Later named locally as Oladeji Adyemi Omishore, 41, he was rescued from the water and taken to hospital in a critical condition but later died.

Video footage of the incident went viral over the weekend, and it showed officers tasering the man.

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

The effect of the Taser sees 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.

The RNLI rescued him from the water, but the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) confirmed the man died in hospital and an independent inquiry had begun.

IOPC director Steve Noonan said: "We have spoken to the man's family to express our sincere condolences and explain our involvement.

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

“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."

The incident took place at around 9am on Saturday.

A witness explained to Mail Online: "When the two officers arrived he ran onto the bridge and because of his size they tried to subdue him with Taser.

“I saw them use it at least twice but it didn’t incapacitate him.

“Instead he managed to run off, leap a barrier and jumped into the river. It was awful to see.

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

“At some point I saw his head and shoulders come up above the water and he was bobbing around struggling to breathe.

“The tide was strong and he wasn’t able to swim.”

The Metropolitan Police called the situation “most challenging and difficult”, but that the officers involved should “should rightly be subject to public scrutiny”.

The spokesman added: “The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards made an immediate referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct following this sad incident, and we will co-operate fully with them as they work to understand the full circumstances.’

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