Police Charge Woman After Thornbury Non-fatal Shooting

Detectives from the Armed Crime Squad have today charged a woman following a police shooting in Thornbury last Sunday.

A 51-year-old Preston woman has been charged with two counts of threats to assault police, two counts of assault police, two counts of common law assault and reckless conduct endanger serious injury.

She will face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.

The charges follow an incident where police were called to reports of a woman armed with a kitchen knife in Penders Park near Collins Street in Thornbury about 2.50pm on 16 June.

It will be alleged that police began negotiations with the woman to drop the knife, and when she refused, OC spray was deployed.

The woman then allegedly ran at officers while holding the knife, before one shot was fired by police.

She was conveyed to hospital in a stable condition to be treated for a gunshot wound to her thigh.

The Armed Crime Squad investigation is oversighted by Professional Standards Command, which is standard protocol when a police firearm is discharged.

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