A MAN in his 20s has died after falling into River Thames while cops tried to arrest him.
Cops patrolling Kingston-upon-Thames, southwest London were alerted to a verbal altercation involving a man and a woman who were known to each other.
An allegation of theft was made and officers attempted to arrest the man.
But he "entered" the river near a bridge at roughly 10.30pm last night.
Metropolitan Police said the man had not been placed in handcuffs at the time – approximately 10.30pm yesterday.
The Met's Marine Policing Unit, National Police Air Service, London Fire Brigade and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) all rushed to the scene.
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At around 12.30am today he was retrieved from the water and treated by paramedics, but despite their efforts, he was pronounced dead.
The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards have made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
The full Met Police statement reads: "At around 22:30hrs on Friday, 26 August, police on routine patrol were flagged down on Kingston Bridge to a verbal altercation involving a man and a woman who were known to each other.
"An allegation of theft was made. Officers were in the process of arresting the man, believed to be aged in his 20s, when he entered the water. He had not been placed in handcuffs.
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"A multi-agency response to locate the man was launched, involving the Met's Marine Policing Unit, National Police Air Service, London Fire Brigade and the RNLI.
"The man was recovered from the water at around 00:30hrs and treated by paramedics. Despite their efforts, he was pronounced dead. The man's family have been informed.
"Police cordons remains in place and enquiries are ongoing. The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards have made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct."
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