Police have shot a man they say was threatening people with a knife in the south-eastern Perth suburb of Camillo.

Officers called to a property in Excalibur Circle just after 11:30 pm last night say they found a man in the backyard of the home, killing a dog with a knife.

When confronted by the officers it is alleged he turned on them in a threatening and aggressive manner.

Detective Superintendent Allan Adams says police tried to subdue him with a Taser before shooting him in the left leg.

"When the police first arrived he was in possession of that knife, he was told to put down the weapon," he said.

"The dog obviously close by had indicated that he had used the knife, there was that engagement with the person to put the knife down and then obviously the sequence of events around the deployment of force followed."

He was then handcuffed and arrested.

The man is in Royal Perth Hospital where he is undergoing surgery.

His wound is not believed to be life-threatening and he remains under police guard at the hospital.

Internal investigation

Police say they are interviewing the officers who shot the man.

Detective Superintendent Adams says an internal investigation is underway.

"Obviously, Internal Affairs' involvement is around the conduct of the police officers," he said.

"WA police have strict criteria around the use of force those investigations are undertaken currently to determine the exact sequence of events and the exact use of that force."

It is understood it is the second violent incident in the street in the past two days.

Two men smashed through the front door of a home on Saturday night and used a gun and a knife to threaten a man, who was babysitting.

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