Chelsea Bridge death: Man tasered who fell to death in Thames was not holding a screwdriver

An investigation has shown that the man who died in the River Thames after being tasered by police was not holding a screwdriver, as was previously thought.

The man who fell to his death in the River Thames after being tasered by a Met Police officer was not holding a screwdriver, as the force previously claimed, a watchdog report has revealed.

Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore, who lived near Chelsea Bridge, died on June 4 after falling into the River Thames following being tasered by a Met Police Officer.

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The 41-year-old’s death is currently being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who conducted a post mortem on Mr Omishore on June 13.

Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore, who lived near Chelsea Bridge, died on June 4 after falling into the River Thames following being tasered by a Met Police Officer. Photo: Instagram

It revealed Mr Omishore was holding a plastic and metal fire lighter when he was approached by two officers on Chelsea Bridge.

This differs from the initial police report which stated that he had a screwdriver.

The report declares that a taser was discharged by one of the officers prior to the man entering the river and it has been confirmed that the taser was discharged more than once.

Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore lived near Chelsea Bridge - he died on June 4 after falling into the River Thames.

IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said: “Our thoughts remain with Mr Omishore’s family and all of those affected by his death.

“We continue to liaise with his family and to keep them updated on the progress of our independent investigation.

“Our investigators continue to gather and analyse key evidence, including footage recorded at the scene and initial accounts from officers and members of the public.

It has been confirmed that the man was tasered more than once.

“We would urge anyone else who may have witnessed or recorded any part of the incident, either on the bridge or after Mr Omishore entered the river, to get in touch with us without delay.

“It is important we understand all of the circumstances surrounding his death.”

IOPC investigators completed a witness appeal on Chelsea Bridge on June 11 and identified further witnesses.

The inquest was opened and adjourned by HM Coroner on June 15.

Anyone with information can contact the IOPC on 0300 3035579 or email [email protected]