Police have opened fire on a man who allegedly assaulted a woman in Melbourne's south-west.
Two women were with the man at a Sanderling Street home in Werribee on Monday night when police were called to reports of an assault about 10pm.
The women managed to escape before police arrived, but the man refused to leave the property, police said.
Heavily armed officers from the Critical Incident Response Team were trying to negotiate with the man when he allegedly left the house armed with a knife.
A Taser and beanbag rounds failed to stop the man, so an officer opened fire, aiming for the man's legs.
The 55-year-old man was shot in the lower body about 11.20pm and taken to hospital in a stable condition.
The man's alleged victim, a 59-year-old woman, and another woman who was in the house at the time of the incident were not injured.
Armed crime squad detectives are investigating the incident with the oversight of the force's own Professional Standards Command.
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