A knife-wielding man has been shot by police in front of shocked shoppers as a horrified witness described the scene.
The terrifying encounter occurred outside of Lilydale Market in northeast Melbourne around 8.30am on Tuesday morning.
A woman named Pauline witnessed the tense scene on her morning walk and described the incident in a dramatic radio interview.
‘He’s decided to walking through the carpark, there are guns drawn and they’re yelling at him to put the knife down… there are three of them with guns drawn,’ she told 3AW.
Police fired several shots at a knife-wielding man in the car park of Lilydale Market, northeast Melbourne, on Tuesday morning (Crime scene evidence and police tape pictured)
The knife-wielding man was shot by Victoria Police outside Lilydale Market before he was transferred to hospital in an air ambulance in a critical condition (pictured)
Victoria Police were forced to shoot the knife-wielding man in the shopping centre car park (pictured) just after 8.30am on Tuesday morning after he refused to drop the weapon
Pauline said the man was ‘brandishing quite a large knife’ and ‘just wandering around’ before beginning to walk away from the centre.
She described the standoff and said police were backing up with their guns drawn and holding pepper spray and tasers.
Pauline said she could see at least five police officers, several police cars and an ambulance before multiple shots were heard in the background.
‘Oh s*** they’re shooting, they’ve just shot. I can’t see if they’ve shot him but there’s just been three or four rounds… It looks like they’ve taken him down.
‘I can’t see if they’ve actually shot him, but there’s a lot of police scurrying around right now,’ she said.
Pauline said a special operations police squad arrived on the scene as an ambulance approached the man in the carpark.
Victoria Police were called to the marketplace at about 8.30am after ‘a man armed with an edged weapon’ was reported on Hutchinson Street.
The man was shot in the chest and is believed to be in a critical condition (paramedics transferring the man into an ambulance helicopter on Tuesday morning pictured)
Victoria police remain on the scene (pictured). Police called for the man to drop his knife while armed with guns, pepper spray and tasers
Victoria Police (pictured) were called to the shopping centre at 8.30am after receiving reports of ‘a man armed with an edged weapon’ on Hutchinson Street
The man walked out into the shopping centre carpark (pictured) with the knife and refused to put it down when asked by Victoria Police
An ambulance helicopter (pictured) was called to Lilydale market following the shooting
‘A police firearm was discharged and the man received an injury to the upper body,’ a Victoria Police spokesperson said.
Paramedics also arrived at the shopping centre about 8.45am and an air ambulance was dispatched.
The man received medical treatment on the scene before being taken to hospital in the ambulance helicopter.
A statement from Ambulance Victoria said the man was being treated for upper body injuries and ‘believed to be in a critical condition’.
Police and emergency services remain at the Lilydale market.
‘The incident is under investigation and Professional Standards Commands have oversight,’ the police spokesperson said.
Witnesses said several Victoria Police cars, officers (police pictured at the scene) and an ambulance were present before multiple shots were fired
The incident is now under police investigation (Lilydale Market crime scene pictured)
A witness described the standoff with police in a dramatic radio interview. She said police had drawn their guns and well as tasers and pepper spray (Police at Lilydale market pictured)