Man who shot and killed four police officers during robbery says he was mentally ill

A man who fatally shot four police in a robbery in Melbourne’s west has said he was schizophrenic and had schizophrenia.

The man, known as Michael D, has been charged with four counts of murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery.

His attorney has said the man was mentally unstable and had psychotic symptoms.

“He is a very troubled man, he has been in a mental hospital, he is a suicidal man,” Mr D’s lawyer, Scott MacLeod, said.

Mr MacLeod said the mental health problems the man suffered from were a contributing factor to the shooting.

Police said the shooting occurred just after 11:00pm on Thursday, July 27.

They said the gunman, who is described as a man in his 50s, approached the bakery near St Mary’s and St Marys streets.

He pulled out a handgun and opened fire before fleeing in a vehicle.

No-one was injured in the shooting, police said.

A total of four police members and a man were killed.

One of the dead was a female officer, who had been working in the bakery at the time of the shooting and is now in a stable condition.

Another woman was critically injured.

Three other police officers and the man were injured in separate shootings in the CBD.

In a statement on Thursday night, the Department of Emergency Services and Police Services said it was providing support for those affected by the shootings and urged them to seek professional help.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the state was working closely with police and local authorities in relation to the incident.

“We are committed to providing support and assistance to all those affected, including the families of those who lost their lives,” Mr Andrews said.