Man shot by officer in Melbourne CBD made threats with broken glass, police allege | VictoriaPosted by On


Police have alleged a man shot in the abdomen in the centre of Melbourne on Friday night had threatened and pursued protective services officers with broken glass.

It was one of two separate incidents in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday night after a 27-year-old man allegedly attacked four people with a glass bottle after a reported botched handbag robbery on a tram.

At a press conference on Saturday, the police assistant commissioner Dean McWhirter alleged police and protective services officers were attending the earlier incident when the 20-year-old man approached them and began making threats.

The Pakenham man, 20, has not been interviewed or charged and is set to undergo surgery after he was shot by a PSO near Princes Street Bridge about 7.30pm on Friday.

McWhirter alleged that after additional PSOs came to assist the man, but he produced a broken bottle and “made threats”.

“When they did that, he produced a broken bottle and made threats towards one of the PSO members in particular,” he said.

The officers attempted to use pepper spray on the man, who continued to pursue and threaten one of the PSOs.

“It was at that point in time that another PSO saw what was happening … produced his firearm and and shot two shots of the person, one striking him in the abdomen,” McWhirter said.

Two officers drew their weapons, but only one fired the two shots. The second bullet has not been accounted for. McWhirter maintained there was no danger to public safety.

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