Multiple police sources have told Fairfax media that Sydney siege victim Katrina Dawson, barrister and mother-of-three, was shot by a police bullet when police stormed the Lindt Café in the early hours of 16 December.
The events of the siege that started on December 15 are still being investigated by the homicide squad but several sources have spoken to Fairfax Media, saying that Katrina Dawson was “struck by police fire that was not a direct shot and possibly a ricochet” when they raided the café at 2am in the final stages of the stand-off.
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The raid was triggered after gunman Man Haron Monis executed one of the hostages, café manager Tori Johnson at close range.
Monis was killed in the police shoot out and three women also received gunshot wounds. Police sources now say that Katrina Dawson was also killed at this time.
The SMH reports that the victims were taken to separate hospitals so the police investigation into the incident would not be compromised.
Katrina Dawson’s death will be investigated by the NSW Coroner, once the police investigation is complete.
Spokespeople for police and the NSW Police Minister have chosen to make no comment on the leaked investigation findings, saying that they will await the outcome of the official police investigation.
A spokesman for Police Minister Stuart Ayres told the SMH: “The minister will be making no comment whilst there is a critical incident investigation taking place.”
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Daily Telegraph reports, has written to Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove asking for his assistance in recognising the heroism displayed by Katrina, and other Siege victims, through bravery awards. He said, “as you would be aware, there are already reports of brave actions by Mr Tori Johnson and Ms Katrina Dawson, both of whom were tragically killed.