The man who arrested and shot dead the Lindt cafe bomber has spoken of the moment he ended the horror that gripped Sydney in December 2014.
Agent A, who remains anonymous, has spoken for the first time about putting his life on the line to stop terrorist Man Monis, who held 18 hostages for 17 hours.
“The moment we went in, we were completely convinced that we were going to die to save a group of hostages that we had never met before,” Officer A told 9 News.
“I knew from the moment I heard that Tori Johnson had been executed, there was only one thing to do and that was to go in and save as many hostages as we could.”
Johnson, 34, and Katrina Dawson, 38, lost their lives in the siege that took place in Sydney’s CBD on December 15, 2014.
“It’s a day I’ll never forget and I think about it every day,” he said.
He spoke of the horror of watching hostages being held captive inside the cafe and the moments before he was sent to deal with the threat.
“Seeing the state of confusion they were all in because of one man’s actions, I felt an emotional connection to them,” he said.
“I was texting my wife, getting her to send more pictures of my little girl, who I wholeheartedly believed I would never see again.”
Police were forced to move after Monis executed the cafe’s manager, Mr Johnson.
“We closed our eyes … I committed and shot the terrorist and then also a lot of things happened that I can’t stop thinking about,” he said.
Ms Dawson was killed by shrapnel from a police bullet as officers stormed the building targeting Monis.
Officer A has spoken about that day ahead of the launch of a book he wrote about the tragedy titled ‘Tiger, Tiger, Tiger’.
He says he wrote it as part of therapy for his PTSD, which he says needs more support from NSW Police.
“I think the police force needs to do a lot more in this area,” he said.
Originally published as Lindt cafe hero cop breaks silence ahead of book launch