Terror suspect shot dead after cop stabbing

Written By komlim puldel on Selasa, 23 September 2014 | 20.01

Police investigate the shooting near Endeavour Hills police station. Picture: Mike Keating Source: News Limited

A MAN shot dead by police in Melbourne's southeast tonight was a "person of interest" in a counter-terrorism operation and had been under surveillance for making threats against Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Senior intelligence sources confirmed he was among a number of people who have had their passports cancelled recently.

A Victoria Police officer and Australian Federal Police agent involved in a joint agency investigation were stabbed by an occupant of a car they pulled over outside Endeavour Hlils police station about 7.40pm.

It is believed the Victoria Police officer drew his gun and shot the alleged attacker dead.

A Google map of the area.

It is not known what the threat involved, or whether the man had been involved in planning some kind of attack.

It is understood the counter terrorism operation was aimed at detaining and questioning the man in relation to the threats.

A bomb squad officer dressed in an explosives suit and bomb squad robot are combing the police station as forensic detectives comb the scene.

Police at the scene. Picture: Mike Keating

The Prime Minister was tonight on a plane to New York from Canberra, where he will attend UN meetings dealing with the rising threat of Islamic State.

A Monash Health spokeswoman confirmed one of the officers was taken to Dandenong Hospital in a stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries. He was expected to be discharged late tonight or tomorrow.

The other was taken to The Alfred and his condition is unknown.

Police at the scene. Picture: Mike Keating

The station has been blocked off by police tape, officers are surrounding the area and traffic has been diverted from Heatherton Rd in both directions.

Onlookers have been pushed further back as the taped off area has been extended.

A young boy who lives nearby said he heard a single shot coming from the police station.

Police investigate the shooting near Endeavour Hills police station. Picture: Mike Keating

Service station attendant Shafi Miya, who was working across the road when the incident unfolded, said he heard a loud shot before police cars and an ambulance descended on the scene shortly after.

He said the incident was "pretty scary".

Premier Denis Napthine left a question and answer forum early tonight as the emergency unfolded.

Endeavour Hills Police Station.

Endeavour Hills is in the seat of Anthony Byrne, deputy chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

"My main concern is for the welfare of the officers involved," he said.

It is likely Victoria Police's Professional Standards Command will investigate if one of the force's members was involved in the fatal shooting.

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman confirmed its paramedics attended the scene about 7.40pm but would not provide further details.

- with Jessica Marszalek

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