Police at the scene of the Endeavour Hills shooting. Photo: Getty Images/Scott Barbour Police at the scene. Photo: Getty iMAGES/Scott Barbour
A police officer in bomb suit inspects the car at the scene. Photo: Getty Images/Scott Barbour
An officer prepares to enter the police station. Photo: Getty Images/Scott Barbour
Latest: Terror suspect shot dead
An 18-year-old man has been shot dead by counter-terrorism police and two policemen have been stabbed in Melbourne’s outer south-east.
Police said the two officers met the 18-year-old outside the Endeavour Hills police station before he lashed out at the officers with a sharp instrument. He then ran towards the police station and was shot.
Onlookers at the scene — who did not want to be named — said the dead man had been shouting insults at Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Australian government in general in the moments before he was shot.
The two stabbed officers, one from Victoria Police and one from the Australian Federal Police, were working together as part of a joint operation on counter-terrorism between the AFP and Victoria Police. The operation is believed to have been running for the past two to three years.
Police say the man was involved in an ongoing investigation, but AFP Commander Bruce Giles would not confirm whether the 18-year-old’s passport was among those that had been suspended, as had been reported.
However, he said, reports the man had been displaying Islamic State flags in the lead-up to police contacting him appeared to be correct.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius said the man had been asked to come to the police station to discuss behaviour “which had been causing some concern”. When the man pulled up at the station he stabbed the two officers as they went to greet him.
“I want to make it very clear that the individual concerned who has died tonight was invited and did come of his own free will to the police station,” he said.
“Our members had no inkling this individual posed a threat to them and as far as we were concerned it was going to be an amicable discussion about that individual’s behaviour.
“It is also clear to us that individual has without any warning, produced a knife and assailed them with a knife.
“It’s absolutely clear to us our members had no choice but to act in the way that they did.”
Police sources said it was the Victorian officer who shot the man.
The federal officer was taken to The Alfred hospital in a critical condition with life-threatening injuries, but he is now in a stable condition, police said.
The Victorian officer was taken to nearby Dandenong Hospital in a less serious condition suffering stab wounds to the arms.
A bomb-disposal unit was called to the scene and inspected the car and the police station.
Mr Giles said while the man did not make a bomb threat against police, the bomb squad was called to inspect his car for explosive devices.
“Whenever we deal with individuals who have clearly aimed to cause harm to police we go to exceptional lengths to ensure that the crime scene is safe” he said.
Mr Giles said the man had been acting alone and did not appear to be working with others.
Police set up a crime scene around the perimeter of the nearby Endeavour Hills shopping centre.
Homicide squad detectives are investigating the incident for the coroner, and Professional Standards Command members are overseeing the investigation.
A crowd of about 50 onlookers had gathered about 10pm. A heavy police presence was at the scene, with about a dozen officers directing onlookers to leave.
Premier Denis Napthine was briefed by the Chief Commissioner of Police, Ken Lay, on events.
Shafi Miya, who works at the petrol station opposite the Endeavour Hills police station, said he heard a shot fired sometime between 7.30pm and 8pm.
He said police had taped off the police station and Heatherton Rd was closed in both directions.
Ambulance Victoria confirmed that paramedics attended the scene but would not provide further details.
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