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'Terrorist' on stabbing rampage shot dead in Melbourne

'Terrorist' on stabbing rampage shot dead in Melbourne

Video from the scene showed a man swinging a knife at two police officers near a burning auto before he was shot.

One police officer found room to shoot the suspect and the man dropped to the floor clutching his chest. He was taken to hospital under police guard in a critical condition, and according to the Herald Sun, has since died.

A handful of videos and images uploaded to social media appear to show the man attempting to stab police before he is shot.

One listener said he could see a white sheet over a body.

Witness Chris Newport, 60, described how he first heard a loud noise and saw a truck on fire, rolling across the tram tracks before a second, louder bang. It sounded like a gunshot. "They are in a suspected critical condition", they said.

Mr Ashton added: "From what we know of that individual we are treating this as a terrorism incident", adding that the police counter-terrorism command was working on the case as well as homicide detectives.

Police said they were responding to a call reporting a vehicle on fire in Melbourne's business district but a man waving a knife confronted them when they reached the spot.

At the same time, passersby called out that members of the public had been stabbed.

"We also take this opportunity to thank those very courageous and dedicated members of Victoria Police who did all of us proud in their very quick response in very unsafe circumstances", Andrews said.

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A man with a shopping trolley is being heralded as a hero after putting himself in harm's way on Friday when he jumped in to help police take down a man who stabbed three people in Melbourne's CBD.

The spokesperson confirmed that one person had died in the stabbing attacks and that the attacker was in hospital.

Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews says the attack was "an evil and terrifying thing that has happened in our city and state today".

"Thank you to the @VictoriaPolice officers who responded so bravely, and the every day Victorians who came to the aid of complete strangers", he wrote on Twitter. They were immediately attacked by the suspect wielding his knife.

One of the cops then shoots him.

Two civilians became involved as well as the two officers, trying to stop the man from his attack.

The suspect can then be seen falling backwards on to the ground as onlookers exclaim in horror.

Friday's incident occurred in the same street where the accused driver James Gargasoulas allegedly drove down pedestrians during the lunchtime rush in January 2017.


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