Two injured in Barnawartha North police shooting – update

Two men have been taken to hospital after being shot by police in Barnawartha North this afternoon.

Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) detectives were in north-eastern Victoria gathering intelligence when they sought assistance from local police to locate two persons of interest.

The CTC detectives were not in the area in relation to any planned direct threat to the Victorian community.

Local uniform police attempted to intercept the vehicle containing the two men on Old Barnawartha Road, near Richardsons Bend Camping Ground, about 3pm.

The driver has rammed the police vehicle and both occupants have got out of the car armed with edged weapons.

As police have approached the men, one of the occupants moved towards the officers and he was shot.

Police attempted to negotiate with the second man who refused to put down his weapon.

He has been sprayed with capsicum spray and tasered however neither had any effect and he was then shot.

Both men, aged 19 and 30, have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

This incident is not being treated as a terrorism-related attack and there is no ongoing threat to the community.

Homicide Squad detectives will investigate the shooting, with oversight from Professional Standards Command as per standard protocol when there is a police shooting.

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