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  • Officer shot in 'hotel incident'

    It'll be interesting to hear how that happened.

    A police sergeant has been shot during a struggle at a hotel in Melbourne's north.

    Police had responded to reports of a man harming himself at the Sleep & Go Bell City Preston Hotel about 7.30pm on Thursday.

    Leading Senior Constable Adam West said the shooting occurred after officers entered the room.

    "An officer's gun was discharged during a struggle and he received a gunshot wound to the leg," he said.

    Both the officer and the man were taken to hospital for treatment with non-life threatening injuries, Leading Senior Constable West said.

    It is believed the man will be questioned by police.

    Alex, who did not give her last name, was returning to her room from the hotel gym when dozens of police arrived in the reception area.

    "The cops were really worried, they were anxious. We heard the words 'attempt to murder' and 'weapon'," she said.

    She watched as the injured police officer, with his leg bound and blood seeping through, was put into an ambulance.

    An hour later, the civilian was brought down from the fourth floor where the shooting occurred. He was accompanied by police and paramedics.

    A relative of the man cut a lone figure out the front of the hotel, constantly on his phone and close to tears.

    He said his relative was mentally unwell, aged in his 40s, had been living at the hotel .

    "I'm just glad the cop isn't seriously hurt," he said.

    At least 15 police cars were outside the hotel on Bell Street in Preston about 9pm.

    Hotel general manager Michael Sheridan confirmed it involved a "matter of self-harm" but could not provide any further details until he had spoken with police.

    Both lanes west-bound on Bell Street are now open.

    Leading Senior Constable West said Crime Command detectives and the Professional Standards Command would investigate the incident in line with "normal practice when a police firearm is discharged".

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