00:30AM WED: AUSTRALIAN Federal Police have confirmed there is intelligence suggesting an 18-year-old man shot dead by counter-terrorism officers outside a Melbourne police station last night had been seen waving an Islamic State flag before the incident.
At a midnight press conference, AFP Commander Bruce Giles said the teen was invited to the Endeavour Hills police station to speak with detectives in relation to an ongoing investigation.
After arriving and briefly meeting with officers outside the station around 7.45pm, he produced a knife without warning and started stabbing two police officers before he was shot dead.
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Both officers remain in hospital this morning and have been listed as being in a stable condition.
The matter is now part of an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this stage.
UPDATE: A MAN shot dead by counter-terrorism officers outside a Melbourne police station tonight was reportedly a “person of interest” who’d been under surveillance and recently had his passport cancelled.
It’s believed he was asked to attend the station for an interview as part of an ongoing investigation into terrorism when the altercation erupted.
It’s understood he was shot dead as he ran towards the police station after violently stabbing the two officers outside.
Victorian Police have confirmed he was 18.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports one of the stabbed officers was rushed to The Alfred in a critical condition with life-threatening injuries, while the other was taken to a separate hospital with less serious stab wounds to his arms.
The attacker was reportedly heard insulting the Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Australian Government when he arrived at the station.
Homicide Squad detectives are on scene and will investigate the incident on behalf of the Coroner.
As per standard protocol following a police shooting, Professional Standards Command members will oversee the investigation.
8.30PM TUE: A MAN’S been shot dead and two police officers stabbed during an apparent counter-terrorism operation outside a Melbourne police station tonight.
Early reports suggest a Victorian Police officer and an AFP agent were stabbed by a male occupant of a car they’d intercepted outside the Endeavour Hills police station, 35 kilometres southeast of Melbourne, shortly before 8pm.
It is understood one of the officer’s then shot dead the alleged attacker who Sky News reports had allegedly made threats towards Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
It’s believed he was a “person of interest” who’d been under surveillance and recently had his passport cancelled.
The nature of the threat against Mr Abbott and when it was made remains unknown.
Both officers are being treated in hospital, one in a stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries, the other reported to be in a critical condition.
A crime scene has been established around the police station and traffic has been diverted around Heatherton Road.
Details of the apparent counter-terrorism operation are yet to be confirmed.