Three men are currently in custody following an attack this morning which saw patrolling officers shot at and their vehicle rammed as they carried out their duties.
The incident took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the Melbourne suburb of Sunbury, with a senior force spokesperson branding it “appalling” during a televised press conference.
He added: “Our police are here to keep the community safe. They don’t expect to be shot at, they don’t expect to have their vehicle rammed.”
Victoria Police confirmed that shots were initially fired at the patrol vehicle in the vicinity of Horne street at around 3.15am, leading the officers to drive to a nearby McDonalds where they sought refuge from the gunfire inside. Whilst they took cover, additional shots were fired at their car and it was then rammed by a silver sedan, which fled the scene.
Three employees and four police officers were inside the fast food restaurant and a number of emergency response units were dispatched to the location to escort them from the scene. A search was launched for the silver vehicle and three men were subsequently taken into custody.
“Three men are currently in custody and are assisting officers with their enquiries,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said in a statement. “They are a 33-year-old of no fixed place of address, a 26-year-old and an 18-year-old both from Sunbury.
“Police are not searching for anyone else in relation to the incident.”