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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