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The man who fell was arrested on suspicion of drug-related offences and taken to hospital

A criminal investigation has been launched into the actions of a Metropolitan Police officer after a man suffered life-changing injuries when he was shot with a Taser.

The man, in his 20s, fell when he was Tasered as he jumped over a wall in Haringey, north London, on 4 May.

The police watchdog said the officer was being investigated under caution on suspicion of causing GBH.

It said it had asked the officer involved to provide a written account.

Sal Naseem, from the Independent Office for Police Conduct, said: “Having examined a range of evidence including body worn video, witness statements and medical evidence, we have taken the decision that this is now a criminal investigation.

“A criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.

“We understand that many people are concerned about this incident and I want to reassure people that this is being thoroughly and independently investigated.”

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