Dead In Melbourne Stabbing; Accused Slashed Cops Before Being Shot

Car on fire after crashing into Melbourne's Bourke St Mall

HUNDREDS of police have swooped on Bourke Street in Melbourne's CBD after a auto reportedly burst into flames and a man began attacking police with a knife.

A man wielding a knife was shot by police.

A knifeman allegedly stabbed a shopper to death on Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall and injured two others.

"The cops were trying to hit him with batons and he wasn't going down", he said.

Photo from the scene showed crowds of people behind police barriers.

One witness said a man was stabbed in the face.

"Police shot the male and he is now in a critical condition and under guard in hospital".

"As they got out of the auto, they were confronted by a male brandishing a knife and threatening them", Supt David Clayton said in a news conference.

The bomb response unit has been called in and the streets closed to the public.

The suspected attacker was shot by the police and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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Chilling footage uploaded to social media shows the suspect repeatedly swinging the weapon at two officers before one of them draws their firearm and opens fire.

'The exact circumstances are yet to be determined at this stage.

Witnesses say they heard one bang or multiple bangs and gunshots in the area, which was subsequently put on lock down.

Earlier, Ambulance Victoria said they had assessed three people at the scene. One was understood to be in critical condition.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene with an injured pedestrian lying on the ground, and numerous police cars and helicopters flying overhead. They said they heard screams and cries from the crowd before they were rushed from the area.

'Roads are blocked and police advising to stay away from Bourkest. "People were running", he said.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade said the fire was contained within 10 minutes.

They had initially thought the man was running to catch a tram close by, before a nearby police vehicle rushed to the scene.

It comes as a trial continues into the horrifying rampage in Bourke St in January past year.

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