Two men are dead, three police officers were shot and a woman was taken hostage in a dramatic siege in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Brighton.
The officers killed the gunman during the shootout. Two were later taken to hospital with gunshot wounds, while the other officer was treated at the scene.
Police had not confirmed the identity of the gunman but a man reportedly called Channel Seven’s newsroom during the standoff and said “This is for IS.  This is for al-Qaeda”
Police are investigating whether the incident is terror-related and counter-terror investigators were on the scene last night.
The suspect was shot dead by police in a volley of gunfire after the woman was taken hostage at the Buckingham Serviced Apartments in Bay Street.
The bomb squad is investigating suspicious packages found in the apartment block and an unknown number of people are still believed to be trapped inside apartments.
Dozens of residents who were returning home from work and live near the apartment …