Police shoot 'knife-wielding' man
Police at the scene in St Albans. Photo: Jared Lynch
Police officers have shot a knife-wielding man who confronted them outside a home in Melbourne's north-west this morning.
The man has been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with serious injuries after the incident in Elizabeth Street, St Albans about 11.15am.
A woman has also been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with serious injuries that police say she suffered before officers arrived at the home.
The man and woman's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Police have confirmed that they shot the man once in the arm.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said police were called to the home about 11am after reports that a woman had been injured.
"Police were confronted by a man allegedly armed with a number of knives and a number of shots were fired by two members," the spokeswoman said.
Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp said he believed two officers fired six to eight rounds at the man who was approaching them in a ‘‘determined’’ manner with three knives, one of which was a carving knife.
Mr Crisp said one of the officers slipped as he took several steps backwards and fell over. He said the man was taken to hospital with what appeared to be self-inflicted knife wounds.
‘‘Any time that police resort to the use of firearms it is definitely a last resort for us,’’ Mr Crisp said.
‘‘It is where our member feel their lives are at risk or those that the have some responsibility to protect are at risk.’’
It followed police shooting another man at Etihad Stadium on Monday. Mr Crisp stressed the Etihad incident was ‘‘a completely different set of circumstances’’ to the St Albans shooting.
‘‘It certainly unfortunate that we have had two incidents this week. But it’s not something that our members want to get involved in.
‘‘It’s a difficult decision to draw a firearm and pull a trigger knowing you are potentially going to take the life of another person.’’
"It was like a movie." That's how Risto Mladeno described the incident.
Mr Mladeno had just arrived to his home in St Albans from work when he saw several police armed with guns.
He said he had no idea what had happened and the scene scared him.
"This sort of thing has never happened here before," he said.
"It scared me. It was like a movie. There were police and guns everywhere."
Mr Mladeno said the police told him his neighbour had been shot after a stabbing.
Mr Mladeno was then blocked off while police searched the area for clues.
He sat patiently in his car at the intersection of Emily and Elizabeth streets.
"It's OK, I've finished work, but I'd still like to go home and get changed."
Mr Mladeno said he did not know the victim.
An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said paramedics treated both patients, who were in a serious condition.
However she could not provide further details about the man and woman’s injuries.
With Jared Lynch