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Vic police officer shoots at stolen car

AAP logoAAP 11/09/2016 Kaitlyn Offer

A Victorian police officer has fired shots at a stolen car during a pursuit where two police vehicles were rammed.

The senior constable fired two shots at the tyres of a car stolen from a Wodonga property while arresting the 22-year-old man behind the wheel on Sunday.

The officers were called to a sighting of a stolen car about 3pm but when they arrived the suspect ran away and jumped fences before stealing another car from a Memorial Drive house.

A marked police van and unmarked car arrived at the house and were rammed and damaged by the stolen car.

During the arrest that followed, the shots were fired.

Victoria Police professional standards command has been notified of the incident.

Earlier this month, another officer fired his gun multiple times at a stolen car that rammed a police car in Berwick.

A man was also killed this month when a policeman pinned to a brick wall by a van fired at the man in the driver's seat following a 40-minute pursuit in Melbourne.

Rammings of police cars have tripled since 2014, according to the state government.

Police Minister Lisa Neville said last week police were looking at operational changes after statistics showed ramming incidents jumped from 36 in 2014 to 103 in the 12 months to September .

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