“Police have arrested a man following a pursuit of a stolen tow truck that started on Grange Road in South Morang about 4pm,” a police spokeswoman said.
“The vehicle was followed through multiple suburbs before crashing in Wright Street in Sunshine about 5pm.”
Sunshine resident Luke Milevski-Collins said he heard five or six shots in quick succession.
The tow truck had been spotted driving erratically and going through red lights.
The truck’s owner, Josh Mudaliar, 28, said it was stolen on Friday.
He posted on Facebook over the weekend appealing for sightings and received a call on Monday from a stranger saying they’d spotted it with different number plates.
He said he and his father drove to where tow truck was, staked it out and followed it until police arrived.
Mr Mudaliar, who runs a car wrecking yard and was speaking from Sunshine Police station, said it was the company’s first ever tow truck and it had sentimental value after being in use for about 15 years.
He said he’d been told it was in a “bad way”.
“I haven’t seen it yet.”
His Facebook message about the stolen truck said: **Attention*** STOLEN!!
From rushwood drove Craigieburn 6:23am 27/9/19
Please be on the look out for
Yellow 1992 Isuzu FSR 500
If found/seen or if you have any information
Please call Vic police or Josh … Please share!
Police said the driver, who is yet to be formally identified, was shot by the Critical Incident Response Team when he was arrested after crashing into a tree.
The man is in a serious condition. No one else was injured.
Firefighters were on the scene on Monday night.
Photos appear to show the back windows of the yellow tow truck had been shot in.
Professional Standards Command will oversee the investigation as part of procedure following police shootings.
Wright Street was closed on Monday evening between Market and Hampshire roads.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with further information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
Rachel is a breaking news reporter for The Age.