UPDATE at 11:30 PM | TWO men shot and seriously wounded by officers near the Victoria-New South Wales border were being investigated by counter-terror police, it has been revealed.
The men, believed to be brothers aged 19 and 31, were shot after allegedly attacking police near a campground at Barnawartha North, about 20 kilometres west of Albury-Wodonga, on Wednesday afternoon.
In a statement on Wednesday night, Victoria Police confirmed detectives from the Counter-Terrorism Command were in the area “gathering intelligence” and had asked local officers to intercept the men.
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The local officers came under attack while trying to intercept the men in a car on Old Barnawartha Rd about 3pm.
The duo allegedly rammed the local officers’ car before charging at them with a knife and a tomahawk.
“The driver has rammed the police vehicle and both occupants have got out of the car armed with edged weapons,” the statement by Victoria Police said.
“As police have approached the men, one of the occupants moved towards the officers and he was shot.”
Police said officers tried negotiating with the second man but he too allegedly refused to drop his weapon and lunged towards them.
“He has been sprayed with capsicum spray and tasered however neither had any effect and he was then shot,” police said.
Both men were seriously wounded and taken to Albury Hospital for treatment.
It’s understood the 31-year-old was later airlifted to a hospital in Melbourne.
The men are believed to have links to outlaw motorcycle gangs and reportedly converted to Islam while in prison in New South Wales before moving to Victoria.
Speaking to reporters late on Wednesday, Acting Assistant Commissioner Clive Rust said the incident was not being treated as a terrorism-related attack and said there was no ongoing threat to the community.
Police are believed to be investigating links to terrorism after officers shot two men near the NSW-Victorian border. Police were trying to intercept a car at Barnawartha North when the shooting happened. https://t.co/nyUSyva1xH @alexhart7 #TheLatest #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/DHQFHLopRb
— 7NEWS Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) June 12, 2019
FIRST at 4:30 PM | TWO people have reportedly been shot by police during an incident near the NSW-Victorian border.
Victoria Police were reportedly trying to intercept a vehicle at Barnawartha North, about 20 kilometres west of Albury, when the shooting occurred near Old Barnawartha and Kings Roads shortly before 3:30 pm.
The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are not yet known, but it’s understood an Air Ambulance has been dispatched to the scene.
In a statement to the Herald Sun, Victoria Police confirmed an incident had occurred but said there was no threat to the community.
Herald Sun reporter Tasmin Rose said two people had been shot by police.
Their genders, ages and conditions were not immediately known.
No further information was available at the time of writing.
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#BREAKING: Two people have been shot by police in the state's north. There are unconfirmed reports the pair was wounded after an officer tried to make a vehicle intercept at Barnawatha North. @theheraldsun
— Tamsin Rose (@tamsinroses) June 12, 2019