Donnybrook: Man who stormed a house with up to five others in 'targeted home invasion' is shot dead after confrontation with the couple inside
An intruder was shot dead during a botched home invasion when five men armed with a gun and a wristband stormed a property and confronted the couple inside.
Emergency services responded to reports that a man was lying injured in the driveway of a home on Middlemount Street in Donnybrook, Melbourne's north, early on Sunday morning.
The man, believed to be part of a group of three to five men who tried to break into the property at around 4.20am, could not be resuscitated and died at the scene.
He has yet to be formally identified.
Police are investigating the suspected 'targeted' attack at an address in Donnybrook on Sunday morning
“It was believed these men were armed with at least one handgun and a machete,” Detective Inspector Graham Banks said.
“They entered the house occupied by a male and a female resident.”
“Upon entering the home, at least one of the men assaulted the female resident,” he added.
The 27-year-old female resident was struck with a machete before fleeing to a nearby address in Doreen. The 28-year-old resident, known to the police, was unharmed.
“It appears the male resident confronted these males, there was a struggle and a firearm was claimed from one of the perpetrators who entered the home,” Detective Banks continued.
Several shots were fired during the altercation, with the exact details of what exactly happened being determined but have yet to be determined.
A man from Clifton Hill later presented himself at the Northern Hospital in Epping with a gunshot wound to the lower body and underwent emergency surgery.
Police are investigating whether the 22-year-old was one of the men who attended the Donnybrook address.
A 27-year-old woman, a resident of the house in Middlemount Street, was there at the time and was struck with a machete
A firearm was found in Kumalea Drive, Doreen, following a major search of the area.
Detectives believe the incident was targeted.
“We do not believe this is anything other than a targeted incident and there is no wider risk to the community,” Detective Inspector Banks said.
“It's obviously quite a shocking incident, but as I said, we don't believe it has anything to do with anything other than that household.”
Investigators are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, has CCTV footage, dashcam footage or any information to contact police.