A man shot by police after a standoff in Melbourne’s west is a former Victoria Police officer.
Police were called to the 55-year-old’s Werribee home on Monday night, following reports a woman was being assaulted.
The woman, understood to be the man’s partner, had left the home by the time officers arrived but he refused to come out.
Police tried to negotiate with him for about an hour before he came out of the house, allegedly armed with a kitchen knife.
They used a taser and beanbag rounds in an attempt to subdue him but he continued to advance on officers.
An officer was forced to shoot the man in the lower body.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Rob Hill confirmed the man was a 20-year veteran of the force, who retired earlier this year due to mental health challenges.
He said the incident was related to family violence.
“That address has been subject to Victoria Police interest, where in the past, we’ve been called to deal with family violence-related matters,” Mr Hill told reporters on Tuesday.
Police are expecting to charge the man and are looking at whether he was affected by alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident.
“He may have been suffering a mental health episode,” Mr Hill said.
He is currently in a serious but stable condition at Royal Melbourne Hospital’s intensive care unit after needing surgery on Tuesday morning for a significant abdominal wound.
Mr Hill said officers performed CPR on the man after he was shot.
“I am told they saved his life,” he said.
The 59-year-old female victim and another woman in the house, understood to be his daughter, were not injured.
Detectives from the armed crime squad will investigate the incident, with oversight from the Professional Standards Command, as is standard procedure following a police shooting.
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