– The driver of a stolen car shot at several times by police as the vehicle sped at them was arrested last night.
Special Operations Group officers swooped on a 24-year-old Footscray man at a Melton address about 8:10 pm. He was assisting police with their inquiries.
The arrest came after two women, who police said were also highly likely to be in the black Holden Commodore sedan that was involved, attended Sunshine Hospital after the incident.
One of the women had a gunshot wound.
It is alleged two officers in the Footscray divisional van were on patrol when they noticed a reported stolen vehicle and followed it into Chifley Drive, Maribyrnong.
They tried to block the stationary vehicle in the dead-end road at 12:40 am yesterday.
Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp said the driver accelerated quite heavily towards the officers, who feared for their lives and fired several shots.
The man drove between their van and a steep embankment to escape.
Two women then attended hospital, one with a gunshot wound near her knee.
Detectives also believe the same car was involved in a similar incident just half an hour earlier in Laverton.
Two more officers tried to stop the car but were forced to jump out of the way when it accelerated towards them – Jon Kaila