Police shoot dead knife-wielding man

Police have shot dead a man wielding a knife following a terrifying armed carjacking in the state’s east on Thursday morning.
Police have shot dead a man wielding a knife following a terrifying armed carjacking in the state’s east on Thursday morning.

Police have shot dead a man wielding a knife following a terrifying armed carjacking in Victoria's east on Thursday morning.

Officers were called to the incident at the intersection of Baths Road and Strzelecki Highway at Mirboo North about 7.40am.

Investigators were told a man armed with a knife made threats to another man, before stealing his silver Audi station wagon.

Police then received reports of a vehicle, believed to be the stolen Audi, driving erratically in the Drouin area shortly before 9am.

Police have shot a knife-wielding man following a pursuit in Drouin. Picture: Reid Buttler/ 9News.
Police have shot a knife-wielding man following a pursuit in Drouin. Picture: Reid Buttler/ 9News.


Officers attempted to stop the car before it collided.

It is believed the man then produced an "edged weapon" and was shot by police.

"The man has since died," a Victoria Police spokesperson said.

"The investigation is in its infancy, detectives from the Homicide Squad will investigate to determine the exact circumstances on behalf of the Coroner, which will be oversighted by Professional Standards Command, as per standard protocol when a police firearm is discharged."

Anyone who witnessed the incident should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Originally published as Police shoot dead knife-wielding man


Supermarket warning: Fruit, veggie prices soar 30%

Premium Content Supermarket warning: Fruit, veggie prices soar 30%

Fruit and vegetable prices to soar as farm labour crisis bites

Valuation of pub’s ‘airspace’ on the runway this week

Premium Content Valuation of pub’s ‘airspace’ on the runway this week

Council is confident the action will not delay sale of the hotel

Pilot likely ‘spatially disorientated’ before fatal crash

Premium Content Pilot likely ‘spatially disorientated’ before fatal crash

Data showed big variations in rate of climb and descent