A 12-year-old boy has been killed in what police are calling a firearm incident in East Gippsland. Police were called to the house in Bruthen about 2.30pm today after responding to reports of a firearm incident.

When officers arrived at the property they discovered the boy had been shot and had died.

A Victoria Police spokesman said that at this stage the exact circumstances of the death are not known, but they are not treating it as suspicious.

Bruthen is a small town located about 25km northwest of Lakes Entrance.