Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

BOURKE STREET CHAOS: Car explodes, man with knife shot by police

BOURKE STREET CHAOS: Car explodes, man with knife shot by police

Australian police shot a knife-wielding man who is believed to have stabbed three people in Melbourne's city-center Friday, killing one of them.

Police shot a man who threatened officers with a knife and he is in a critical condition in hospital, Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton said.

The suspect has been arrested and is in hospital in a critical condition, under police guard.

Local media showed footage of a large man slashing wildly at police officers before being shot.

Ambulance Victoria confirmed three people were injured. Their genders, ages, and condition are not known.

One of the victims has died, while the others have been taken to hospital.

The suspect has been shot and is alive, police say.

The exact circumstances are yet to be determined at this stage.

The journalist also said an emergency speaker system was warning people to avoid the area.

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About 4.31pm, police send out a media alert asking the public to avoid the Bourke Street area.

"I heard at least one gun shot initially".

Melbourne resident Meegan May tweeted: "Chaos in Bourkest as a guy seems to have set his vehicle on fire then attacking police with a knife".

"He seemed to be waving something, people around me screamed that he had a knife, but I couldn't see clearly from where I was", she said.

Victoria Police released a statement saying: "Police are now at an incident on Bourke Street in the CBD".

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

Police are urging any witnesses to attend Melbourne West police station to provide a statement, while anyone with vision or photographs from the incident is being urged to upload footage to the Victoria Police Facebook site.

The incident comes as a trial continues into the horrifying rampage in Bourke St in January a year ago.

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