The ABC understands two men who were shot by police in Victoria’s north-east have links to outlaw motorcycle gangs and were of interest to counterterrorism authorities.
The men were taken to hospital in a serious condition after the shootings, which occurred at Barnawartha North near the New South Wales border.
It was understood when police tried to intercept the men about 3:00pm, the officers were threatened with an axe and a knife.
Police then opened fire.
The ABC understood Victoria Police were checking on the suspects this afternoon.
They had been considered a low-level threat.
It was understood there was no ongoing threat to safety.
The ABC also understood they converted to Islam when they were serving time in a New South Wales prison.
Police were expected to hold a media conference at the scene.
Earlier, Victoria Police said the shootings happened when officers tried to stop a car on Old Barnawartha Road near Richardsons Bend camping ground on the Murray River.
In a statement, police said both men sustained “serious injuries” and had been airlifted to hospital.