Two men shot by police near a campground after a high speed chase have links to bikie gangs and terror groups, it has been revealed.
Counter Terrorism Command attempted to stop a car in Old Barnawartha Road, near Richardsons Bend Camping Ground at about 3.30pm on Wednesday.
The two men, aged 19 and 30, had converted to Islam in prison but are low-level people of interest to counter-terrorism police.
The driver of the vehicle rammed the police car and violence exploded after the men jumped out of the vehicle wielding a knife and an axe, the Herald Sun reported.
As police approached the men, one of them move towards an officer and he was shot.
Police attempted to negotiate with the second man, but he refused to put down his weapon
Officers sprayed him with capsicum spray and tasered him but neither had any effect and he was then shot.
Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) and the Victorian police attempted to intercept a vehicle containing the two men on Old Barnawartha Road, near Richardsons Bend Camping Ground (pictured) at about 3.30pm on Wednesday
The driver of the vehicle rammed the police car and violence exploded after the men jumped out of the vehicle wielding an knife and an axe, the Herald Sun reported (pictured, police tent at the scene)
Detectives from the CTC were in north-eastern Victoria gathering information when they sought help from local police to locate the two men.
The two men are believed to be from NSW but recently relocated to Victoria.
Both men have been taken to hospital with serious injuries but Ambulance Victoria was unable to provide details about the men’s injuries or the hospital they were taken to.
A spokesperson from Victoria Police said: ‘The investigation is ongoing and more information will be provided once it comes to hand.
‘There is no threat to the community.’
The incident is not being treated as a terrorism-related attack.
June Chilvers, a woman who lives near the incident, said she saw at least four police cars speed past her property this afternoon.
‘I saw them fly along, four cars,’ she said to The Herald Sun.
‘I saw them fly past.’
When police approached one man moved towards them and he was shot. Police attempted to negotiate with the second man, but he refused. He was sprayed with capsicum spray and tasered but when neither of these methods had any effect, the police also shot him. (pictured, the Murray River Reserve where the shooting took place)