A police officer thought he was going to die when he shot and killed Bourke Street attacker Hassan Khalif Shire Ali.
Shire Ali killed beloved Melbourne identity Sisto Malaspina and injured two others in a CBD stabbing rampage on November 9, 2018.
One of the first two police officers on the scene has told an inquest he feared Shire Ali would kill them.
“I thought he was going to kill us,” the officer, who cannot be identified, said in a statement tendered to coroner John Cain’s investigation on Tuesday.
“After I shot him, he stopped. He stopped on the spot.
“The man still had the knife in his hand after I shot him.”
Shire Ali died later in hospital.
He’d been a national security person of interest, and flagged by counter-terror police as potentially violent and armed.
He drove into the city with gas canisters in his car and they exploded.
Shire Ali then pulled out a knife and stabbed someone who rushed to his aid.
He went on to repeatedly stab Malaspina, the co-owner of Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar, as well as a security guard.
Shire Ali struck and tried to stab police, refusing their demands to drop the knife.
“His face was gnarled and angry. He was scowling at both of us,” said the officer who fired the fatal shot.
His colleague pepper sprayed Shire Ali but it didn’t stop him.
“At some point I wished I had a Taser,” that officer told the inquest.
It is expected to continue on Wednesday.