Police have shot a woman in Epping, in Melbourne's north, after she allegedly rammed another vehicle before attacking it with a large pickaxe.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the woman was shot in the lower leg near the corner of Mary Court and Miller Street. Paramedics were called to the scene at 12.40pm. Ambulance Victoria spokesman Paul Bentley said paramedics treated a woman for a gunshot wound, and she had been taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition. A man who suffered a cut to the upper body was taken to the Northern Hospital in a stable condition. There were reports he had been slashed in the face. The pair involved in the incident are believed to be known to one another and were reportedly in a domestic relationship.
A witness named Brett told radio 3AW the woman had deliberately slammed into a parked car with a man sitting inside before grabbing an axe to attack the other vehicle. "She's lined him up and drove right into him," the witness, named only as Brett, told the radio station. "She's put an axe through the window on the passenger side [of the other vehicle] ... Then she's grabbed out a long knife and started swinging it at him."
When the man got out of the car, Brett said the woman threatened him with the knife before police arrived.
"The policeman came round and drew his gun and said 'Drop the knife, drop the knife.' He gave her plenty of time to drop the knife. ''I thought, 'Oh, this isn't going to end well.'"
Brett said the woman was shot in the leg after cutting the man with the knife and was later taken away in an ambulance. Paramedics have confirmed the man suffered wounds to his upper body.
"She tried to swing at police," Brett said. "She [was] screaming when she went off [in the ambulance]"
A Miller Street business owner told The Age police had blocked off Miller Street between Cooper and Rufus streets. She said there were a number of police cars at the scene. The latest incident follows a police shooting in Shepparton on July 29, when a 23-year-old woman was shot.
Biljana Stavreski, the owner of Northern Yoga and Therapy Centre on Miller Street, said she did not hear any gunshots even though her business was located near the shooting scene. However, she said police had swarmed through the area and had blocked off Miller Street.
She said traffic congestion had been a frustration for motorists, particularly at the corner of Miller and Cooper streets, in recent years due to the construction of new housing. "That intersection has gone from being a very quiet part of town to being excruciatingly painful to get through," she said.
"People's patience is wearing thin around that area because they’ve built up thousands and thousands of houses and estates but they haven't changed the roads since the 1950s. People can’t get in and out of their homes. The road is chockers. It sometimes takes 20 minutes to get through that intersection."
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A MAN who was shot in the chest by police as he hijacked a peak-hour Melbourne bus could soon be out on parole. David William Chuter, 22, was mentally ill when he boarded the bus with a knife and forced the bus driver out of his seat, punching him in the chest during evening peak hour in May last year.
When a police officer shot Chuter in the chest, he showed no signs of pain and instead appeared to lie on his back with his hands behind his head ``as if you were sunbaking'', Victorian County Court Judge Mark Dean said during his sentencing today.
Chuter was jailed for three years with a minimum 13 months, time he has already served in pre-sentence detention.He remains in custody but will now be eligible to apply for parole.
Judge Dean described Chuter's offending as extremely serious, but found it was caused by his paranoid schizophrenia. He said his moral culpability was reduced as a result of his psychotic state.Judge Dean noted Chuter's behaviour must have had a profound impact on the officers involved and commended them for their bravery.
"Your conduct involved an emergency of a high order, involving serious violence on your part, warranting the use of firearms by experienced police officers,'' he said.
"In my opinion, the response of the police officers concerned was proportionate to the danger that you posed to them and to the other members of the public.''
Chuter was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and discharged four days later without any permanent injury.
The court heard the incident has had a lasting psychological effect on the bus driver who Chuter forced out of his seat with a knife when they arrived at Essendon station.When the driver refused to move, Chuter punched him in the chest and he fell to the ground, before running from the bus.Chuter then got into the driver's seat and tried to drive the bus away but as witnesses phoned police, another bus parked to block him.
When two policemen arrived, they saw Chuter on the bus, armed with a knife, behaving irrationally and smiling.Chuter lunged out of the bus and threatened one officer before struggling with him on the ground.The second officer shot him as Chuter approached him with the knife.Chuter pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and two counts of assaulting police.
The court heard he is now on antipsychotic medication, which has stabilised his condition.
Judge Dean noted jail time could cause his condition to deteriorate and that his rehabilitation prospects are good if his treatment is regular and he is responsive.
A MAN and woman were stabbed when they disturbed a knife-wielding intruder inside their Hoppers Crossing home on Monday night.They were attacked by the man about 7.30pm at they entered the Dummett Avenue property.
The man was stabbed three times in the upper body. He was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious but stable condition. The woman, in her 40s, was slashed across the arm before the intruder fled.
She was taken to the Western Hospital in a stable condition.Intensive care paramedic Brett Overend said he arrived to find the man, in his mid-30s, with stab wounds in the chest and in a distressed state.
"He had lost a lot of blood, so our main concern was to stop the bleeding and get him to a major trauma centre as soon as we could," he said.
The intruder is about 177cm and was wearing dark tracksuit pants and a hooded jumper.
I just thought i'd write a quick post on the class thats training at the moment.
We have training on two mornings a week, Tuesday and Thusday for 930 till 11am, with Senior Instructor Gede Wiriwan teaching the class. While they are pretty small with six adults training, three men and three women in the class the average age is about 40 years old.
Some people really like the small classes because the teacher to students ratio is so good at 6 to 1 it's kind of like a PT session for martial arts. They are either self employed or stay at home mums and half have training in other martial arts styles before. Today they have been working on their throws and bear hug escapes.
Anyway just a quick post to say well done
This post isn't really about military training it's about a funny conversation I had with a new student just this week. He had come in for a trial lesson and to see what we're all about. I won't mention names although i'm sure he wouldn't mind too much.
Anyway we were talking about knife defence and i mentioned how many people here had been in a situation where someone had pulled a knife on them and what that was like (myself included) etc . I asked him have you ever had something like that happen to you? (many people have) and he replied
"Yes, only last year as I was walking home when a car pulled up next to me and before I knew it I was surrounded by five guys that demanded my wallet. I thought about trying to fight back but then one of them pulled out a knife" and then he asked "what would you have done?"
I said "I think i would have used some military training on them "
He looked really interested so I continued
"My brother inlaw was in the Aust Infantry for over 20 years and once while talking he taught me the secret to solving any conflict with a superior officer" or in this case superior numbers and it's called "Yes Sir" as in "the next time someone pulls out a knife and demands your wallet just say ...Yes Sir.... and hand it over"
We both kinda laughed and kept talking about the classes etc, but in truth not a single thing that you own is worth dying for.
Keep that in mind the next time before you risk everything for very little.
Well here we are with our first on many blog entries to come. I thought i'd write a little about Ju jitsu and the various ways it can be spelt in english and how different spellings are often associated with different types of training..
Jujutsu is usally associated with old style Ju jitsu training from Japan it was on of the first ways that Europeans romanised the Japanese kanji for jujutsu, this is the way i prefer to spell it when I write about our Dojo's Self Defence or Weapons training.
Ju jitsu is also a common way of romanising and both Japanese and Brazillian Ju jitsu practioners use this spelling when writing about Jujutsu.
Jui jitsu is another way but more common with BJJ students when talking about their style of martial arts.
Judo some people (non training general public) use the term Judo for Jujutsu. This is not as wrong as it first seems and some old style jujutsu school also called their styles Judo a long time before the "Judo" that we know today came along.
JJJ is another term used for Japanese Ju Jutsu and is usually used in forums and posts to differenciate between Brazilian Ju Jutsu or BJJ as it's commonly called.
In most people minds ju jitsu is usually linked to throwing, joint locks, controls and arresting techniques. However a lot of old style Japanese Martial Arts also have striking and weapons training included as well and that where we fit in although our website is www.jujitsumelbourne.com.au/ this is mainly due to availability of domain names.