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Two people have been arrested in Melbourne after a six-hour police search for a driver who threatened officers with a gun.

A man and woman, both in their 20s, were arrested at a Croydon home in the city's outer east just after 9pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, a police spokeswoman said.

Police had been searching for a driver who was pulled over in the Chirnside Park shopping centre car park earlier on Wednesday.

The driver threatened officers with a firearm before fleeing at 2.40pm (AEDT), police say.

A police helicopter and the dog squad were called in to help local officers find the man.

The man was believed to have been holed up in a suburban home.

The search had focused on a couple of properties before the couple was arrested at Nyranda Court.