A police officer has had surgery on a gunshot wound after he was shot in the lower body with his own firearm on Saturday morning.
A Victoria Police spokesperson said armed crime squad detectives are investigating the incident that occured in Werribee.
“Officers were called to a hospital on Princes Highway following reports a man was threatening staff about 12.15am.
“Upon police arrival, a struggle ensued between a 29-year-old Wyndham Vale man and the responding officers.
“OC spray was deployed to try and subdue the man but during the incident, the officer’s firearm was discharged and a single shot struck the officer in the lower body.”
“The investigation is ongoing and Professional Standards Command will oversee the investigation as per standard protocol,” the spokesperson said.
The first constable sustained a non-life threatening gun shot wound and is undergoing surgery for his injury.
A Wyndham Vale man was arrested at the scene and remains in hospital under police guard.
A Police Association spokesperson told the Herald Sun “the exact cause of this incident is unclear at this point and is still being investigated. We will work closely with Victoria Police to examine and understand the incident and any causal factors”.
“The injured member is tonight undergoing a second round of surgery. The Police Association is providing support to the member and his family.”