Police shoot man armed with knife in Lilydale

A man has been shot in the chest during an incident in Lilydale this morning.

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Victoria Police shoot a man in Lilydale. PHOTO: ABC News Melbourne
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Police were called to Hutchinson Street after witnesses reported a man armed with a knife about 8:30am.

Officers attempted to speak with the man who refused to drop his weapon.

Deputy Commissioner Neil Paterson said officers repeatedly told the 24-year-old man to back off and put his weapon down.

“The man did not back off from police after quite a period of negotiation and then rushed the police members,” Deputy Commissioner Paterson said.

He said a number of shots were fired by two separate officers when police discharged their firearms, shooting the man about 9:10am.

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He is currently being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Detectives from the Armed Crime Squad will investigate the incident with oversight by Professional Standards Command.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppervic.com.au.

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