Muslim radicalised teenager shot dead by police outside a Melbourne police station after stabbing officers wanted to assassinate the then prime minister Tony Abbott, ASIO has revealed.
A coroner found on Monday that officers had 'no choice' but to shoot Numan Haider, 18, in September 2014.
He had searched for information relating to the prime minister's schedule, and allegedly told an associate that he would 'do it soon', according to an ASIO briefing.
Numan Haider, pictured behind the wheel of a car in an image posted on his Facebook page
Numan Haider was shot by a police officer in the car park of Endeavour Hills Police Station
'There was no time or opportunity for the officers to use a lower force to prevent further injuries,' Mr Olle said.
Haider died instantly when shot in the head while attacking two counter-terrorism officers in a pre-arranged meeting outside Endeavour Hills police station.
Victorian coroner John Olle on Monday made no adverse findings against ASIO, Victoria Police, or Australian Federal Police.
The risk the extremist posed to Mr Abbott was the driving force behind the police's quick decision to act against Haider.
Mr Abbott said that he was 'full of admiration' for the officers involved in the fatal altercation with Haider, according to the The Australian.
'They are both good blokes, they are very normal Australians who found themselves in a very hazardous situation through no fault of their own … and responded with courage,' Mr Abbott said.
Authorities cart away Numan Haider's body from the Endeavour Hills Police Station car park
Police decided to engage in a 'soft, non-confrontational approach' and meet the teen in 2014
Two Victorian and federal police officers had arranged to meet Haider outside the station to assess his attitude and determine whether he was a threat to national security.
At that stage, authorities considered the teen to be a low threat of launching a 'lone-wolf' attack, Mr Olle said.
Haider had come to the attention of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation earlier that year and his calls were being