Police on routine patrol have been forced to take cover after shots were fired at their vehicle.
The officers were outside a McDonald’s restaurant north-west of Melbourne about 3.15am on Tuesday morning when their vehicle was sprayed with bullets.
It is believed the firearm involved was a shotgun.
The officers were forced to drive to the nearby fast-food restaurant to seek cover.
While the police were inside the restaurant, their patrol car was shot at again. A silver sedan then rammed the car before speeding off.
The sedan sped from the scene and police swarmed the area to search for it and safely escort three employees and four police from the McDonald’s.
“This is outrageous behaviour,” Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius told reporters on Tuesday.
“Our police are here to keep the community safe and our police, when they come to work, come to work expecting to make a difference.”
Mr Cornelius said the officers and McDonald’s staff were being supported but none were physically injured.
It was the second car ramming incident involving police on Tuesday morning, with an officer hit in the leg by a vehicle at Mont Albert about 1am.
Several police cars had been trying to box in a stolen BMW when the driver started hitting the police cars and the leading senior constable.
A 33-year-old man of no fixed address and two men from Sunbury aged 26 and 18 are in custody.