Police bullet may have killed Sydney siege hostage: report
AN interim report into the Sydney siege has revealed a ricocheting police bullet may have killed hostage Katrina Dawson when heavily-armed tactical officers stormed the cafe and opened fire.
The same report revealed the gunman at the centre of the siege executed cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34, at close range.
His murder formed the catalyst in the decision to send heavily-armed officers in to the cafe.
Gunman Man Haron Monis, 50, made international headlines late last year when he took 18 people hostage in a siege at the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney.
The 17-hour siege ended after heavily armed police stormed the cafe and shot Monis up to seven times - including two fatal shots to the head.
But the initial police report into the December 16 incident, leaked at the weekend, revealed police fire had struck and killed Ms Dawson, 38, during the shootout with Monis.
The report said the mother-of-three was not killed as a result of a direct shot.
Ms Dawson's and Mr Johnson's deaths are still the subject of a homicide squad critical incident investigation before it is handed over to the NSW Coroner.
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird said on Sunday a permanent memorial will be erected in Martin Place to honour the victims, hostages and emergency services involved in the siege.
He said a Martin Place Siege Memorial Committee had been formed to oversee the design and construction in consultation with the victim's families.
"We will never forget Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson or the suffering that their loss inflicted on their loved ones," he said.
"Nor will we forget the ordeal of the surviving hostages or the courage of those police and emergency workers who put themselves in the line of fire.
"The design and construction of the memorial will include a garden element that will incorporate compost created from the spontaneous floral tribute that flooded Martin Place in the days following the siege."
- APN NEWSDESK.