Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Knife-wielding man shot by police after stabbing attack in Australia

Knife-wielding man shot by police after stabbing attack in Australia

Police told people to stay away from the area.

The incident took place at Bourke Street as reported by Victoria Police.

Members of the public who witnessed the event and wish to make a statement are asked to attend Melbourne West Police Station at 313 Spencer Street, Melbourne.

When they arrived, they were allegedly confronted by a man who started lunging at them with a knife.

Two survivors were rushed to hospital for treatment - one in a suspected critical condition. In video of the incident, the suspect approached the officers baring a large knife, making several attempts to stab them before an officer shot him in the chest.

Clayton said that the public is still advised that the area remains closed as investigations are ongoing at the crime scene.

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As a truck blazed in the background, a man flailed a long knife at police officers, who backpedalled desperately.

"Police are now at an incident on Bourke St in the CBD".

Police shot the man in the chest after he charged at them with the knife.

"Three people have been stabbed. He's known to police mainly in respect to relatives that he has that are certainly persons of interest to us". "Unfortunately one is dead at the scene, two others are at hospital".

One witness told the Herald Sun that bystanders were calling to police, "shoot him, shoot him".

The Victoria Police took to Twitter to update on the situation.

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Police were forced to shoot the man, who continually made stabbing gestures at them, near a burning vehicle. He was taken into custody in a critical condition.

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Mr Gaut then went back into the McDonalds, which was in lockdown for more than an hour, to pat the shoulder of a trembling witness recounting his account to police.

"Police were still in the auto and the attacker came out to attack the police".

The incident has occurred in exactly the same street where the accused Bourke street driver, 28 year old James Gargasoulas, allegedly drove down pedestrians in a drug-induced psychosis during the lunchtime rush on January 20, 2017.

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