Heathcote police were called to an incident in the small town of Axedale, in central Victoria about 12.30pm AEST yesterday, where they used capsicum spray to subdue the 12-year-old boy and took him into custody.
Today Victoria Police said in a statement the boy was "acting in a threatening manner towards police and a family member" and "capsicum spray was deployed as a last resort to subdue the boy".
They would not say if he had a weapon.
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