Man dies after being Tasered by cops and falling from balcony as police watchdog launches probe | The SunApril 17, 2023
A MAN died after being Tasered by police and falling from a balcony in London.
Emergency services were initially called to Peckham in the early hours of the morning after receiving calls about a man threatening to hurt himself.
They arrive at the building not long after 1.30am on Wednesday and tried to convince the man to come inside.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) told News Shopper the man was Tasered while standing on the balcony and fell to the ground.
He was raced to hospital with critical injuries, but tragically later died.
Police are now working to notify the man's next of kin, and a post mortem will be undertaken in coming days.
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The IOPC is now investigating the incident.
The police watchdog said officers were at the property for more than an hour and it will now review body video footage worn by police.
The Met Police said: “Police were called at 1.24am on Wednesday, 12 April to concerns for the welfare of a man.
“Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service. The man subsequently fell from the balcony.
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“He was taken to hospital with serious injuries and sadly he later died.
“Enquiries are under way to identify the man’s next of kin. Formal identification and a post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.
"A Taser was discharged by an officer on the balcony. Body-worn video has been reviewed.
“A mandatory referral was made to the IOPC. The IOPC has launched an independent investigation and we are unable to comment further while this takes place.”
A spokesperson for IOPC said: “We have begun an independent investigation into an incident involving Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers on Wednesday in south east London, where a man was seriously injured and later died in hospital after falling from a balcony.
“We were advised that MPS officers attended an address in Peckham at around 2am following a report of a man threatening to jump from a balcony on a residential building.
“We have established that officers were present for over an hour and attempted to persuade the man to come inside from the balcony.
“The man has then been Tasered while on the balcony.
“The man was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries and died later the same day.
“We received a mandatory referral from the force and declared an independent investigation the next day.
“Our investigation is in its initial stages and we have secured officers’ body worn footage as we begin gathering evidence.”
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Detectives Chief Superintendent Seb Adjei-Addoh, in charge of policing for Lambeth and Southwark, said: “I know the community will be concerned about this tragic death and I share their concern.
“All police officers know that their actions will be scrutinised in situations such as these, and the Met is fully supporting the independent investigation by the IOPC.”
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