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Man who died after being shot with taser was not holding a screwdriver, police watchdog finds

A MAN who fell to his death from a London bridge after being tasered by officers was not holding a screwdriver as previously reported, a police watchdog has found. 

Following the incident, the Metropolitan Police reported that officers had been called to reports of a man shouting and clutching a screwdriver on Chelsea Bridge on June 4. 

This information was repeated in a statement by the Met the following day, which was issued after Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore, 41, had died. 

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which is investigating the incident, said on Tuesday that Mr Omishore was actually holding a plastic and metal firelighter when he was approached by two officers on the bridge.

The IOPC said: “The initial report to police stated he had a screwdriver.

“A Taser was discharged by one of the officers prior to the man entering the river.

“It has been confirmed the Taser was discharged more than once.”

Footage of the incident circulated on social media showed the man jumping into the water below the bridge after being hit with a Taser. 

The IOPC has appealed for witnesses to the incident. 

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