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Man Shot Dead By Police After Seven Injured In Stabbing Rampage

A knife-wielding man has been shot dead by police after stabbing seven people in Western Australia's Pilbara region.

An officer shot the man after attempting to subdue him at the South Hedland Square shopping centre at about 10 am on Friday.

The man has been identified as a FIFO worker from Perth, aged in his 30s.

Police say he stabbed a man at a motel and another who was in a car at the local McDonald's before entering the shopping centre and attacking a further two men and three women.

Two officers attempted to subdue him and fired a Taser before he lunged at them with a "very large" knife, 10 News First understands.

"While being confronted by this person who was called upon many times to drop the knife - this is after the series of stabbings that had occurred - one of the officers is believed to have fired several shots," Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said on Friday.

None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries but five were hospitalised with stab wounds, including two who remain in a serious but stable condition at Hedland Health Campus.

One of the victims had been pushing a pram with a child inside who was unharmed.

Dawson said there was no indication the man was politically or ideologically motivated, describing the incident as a tragedy.

The shooting was captured on CCTV and on police body-worn cameras, he said.

Homicide detectives have flown to South Hedland and the professional standards division will also investigate.

WA Police Union president Harry Arnott said a team had been deployed to assist the two officers, a man and a woman, involved in the incident.

"Our information indicates our members acted to protect the community and themselves, and without their intervention, this incident would be significantly more tragic for the Hedland community," he said.

Premier Mark McGowan described the incident as "tragic and awful", saying the officers had responded to a highly dangerous scenario.

"All of our thoughts go to those people who have been hurt and all of our thoughts and appreciation go to those police officers," he said.

Port Hedland Commissioner Fred Riebeling said one victim was a council employee who works at a local theatre.

"It's all really upsetting," he said.

"... Half the town will probably know someone involved."