A man has been critically injured during a police shooting outside a shopping centre in Lilydale this morning.
Police were called to Hutchinson Street following reports of a man armed with an edged weapon about 8.30am.
Officers attempted to speak with the man who refused to drop his weapon.
An officer discharged their firearm, shooting the man. He is currently being treated in hospital for life threatening injuries.
Detectives from the Armed Crime Squad will investigate the incident which will be oversighted by Professional Standards Command, as per standard protocol when a police firearm is discharged.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppervic.com.au.