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Mark Davidson, known as Sierra Three 1 for operational purposes, was stationed in the Westpac building at Martin Place during the 16-hour stalemate

A sniper involved in the siege of the Sydney Lindt café has revealed why he did not pull the trigger and eliminated terrorist Man Haron Monis – and said he believes that the death of the hostage Tori Johnson could have been prevented.

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Mark Davidson, known as Sierra Three 1 for operational purposes, was stationed in the Westpac building at Martin Place during the 16-hour stalemate.

Monis rocked Australia when he stormed the CBD cafe, wore an ISIS headband, handled a gun and claimed he had a bomb on December 15, 2014.

The terrorist took 18 people hostage and shot cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34, while Katrina Dawson, 38, was killed by police bullet fragments.

Speak against 60 minutes almost five years after the tragedy, Mr. Davidson said he will continue to live with regret.

Mark Davidson, known as Sierra Three 1 for operational purposes, was stationed in the Westpac building at Martin Place during the 16-hour stalemate

Mark Davidson, known as Sierra Three 1 for operational purposes, was stationed in the Westpac building at Martin Place during the 16-hour stalemate

The terrorist took 18 people hostage and shot cafe manager Tori Johnson (photo), 34, in the head while Katrina Dawson, 38, was killed in the firefight that followed
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The terrorist took 18 people hostage and shot cafe manager Tori Johnson (photo), 34, in the head while Katrina Dawson, 38, was killed in the firefight that followed

The terrorist took 18 people hostage and shot cafe manager Tori Johnson (photo), 34, in the head while Katrina Dawson, 38, was killed in the firefight that followed

& # 39; We could have saved the hostages, at least we could have saved Tori, & # 39; he told reporter Liz Hayes.

& # 39; In my opinion, I believe Tori was a preventable death. & # 39;

Mr. Davidson, the oldest sniper who was called to work that day, said he had Monis in his sights for 10 minutes, 10 hours after the siege.

& # 39; I could see the head of Monis, you could see the shiny bald scalp and the Islamic black bandana with white letters on the front that went over his forehead, & # 39; said Mr. Davidson.

& # 39; I didn't doubt it was him, but people in the command post did. & # 39;

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Davidson said he could have justified shooting at Monis – just as the police are able to stop a threat – but there was some doubt in his mind.

People run with their hands up from the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place during a stalemate

People run with their hands up from the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place during a stalemate

People run with their hands up from the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place during a stalemate

Man Haron Monis arrives at Downing Center for a hearing in April 2011

Man Haron Monis arrives at Downing Center for a hearing in April 2011

Man Haron Monis arrives at Downing Center for a hearing in April 2011

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& # 39; You are considering shooting someone and if you think you are unjustified, you will be confronted with murder, & # 39; he explained.

& # 39; There was some doubt when I shot him, so I didn't. & # 39;

Mr. Davidson emphasized that it was not just about firing a shot, but about weighing the lives of those locked up in the cafe.

Monis had claimed to have a bomb, but according to 60 minutes, five hostage escaped authorities said they did not see any strands coming from the attacker.

& # 39; Certainly it was an important factor in everyone's mind and the explosion of such a thing in such a & # 39; n space is catastrophic, & # 39; Davidson said.

Mr. Davidson emphasized that it was not just about firing a shot, but about weighing the lives of those locked up in the cafe. Monis had claimed to have a bomb, but according to 60 minutes, five hostage escaped authorities said they did not see any strands coming from the attacker
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Mr. Davidson emphasized that it was not just about firing a shot, but about weighing the lives of those locked up in the cafe. Monis had claimed to have a bomb, but according to 60 minutes, five hostage escaped authorities said they did not see any strands coming from the attacker

Mr. Davidson emphasized that it was not just about firing a shot, but about weighing the lives of those locked up in the cafe. Monis had claimed to have a bomb, but according to 60 minutes, five hostage escaped authorities said they did not see any strands coming from the attacker

Flower tribute in Martin Place after the attack in 2014

Flower tribute in Martin Place after the attack in 2014

Flower tribute in Martin Place after the attack in 2014

& # 39; There was a viable option to shoot and kill him and save the hostages at that time.

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& # 39; It's the call I made at the time, and I have to live with it. & # 39;

According to police, Mr. Davidson's gun could not penetrate both the window in the Westpac building and the window in the Lindt Cafe.

& # 39; Breaking the Westpac glass, creating a hole, and then shooting through it would have taken considerable time and generated noise that Monis could have heard, & # 39; said NSW Police in a statement.

& # 39; This may have led him to take revenge in a number of ways, such as the explosion of the IED that was believed to be present. & # 39;

According to police, Mr. Davidson's gun could not penetrate both the window glass in the Westpac building and the window glass in the Lindt Cafe. Pictured: glass outside of Lindt Cafe

According to police, Mr. Davidson's gun could not penetrate both the window glass in the Westpac building and the window glass in the Lindt Cafe. Pictured: glass outside of Lindt Cafe

According to police, Mr. Davidson's gun could not penetrate both the window glass in the Westpac building and the window glass in the Lindt Cafe. Pictured: glass outside of Lindt Cafe

The covered windows of the Lindt Chocolate Café on Martin Place days after departure

The covered windows of the Lindt Chocolate Café on Martin Place days after departure

The covered windows of the Lindt Chocolate Café on Martin Place days after departure

The coroner discovered that between 7:38 PM and 7:48 PM someone in Monis could be seen sitting in a window and the snipers could not see if there were hostages directly behind or next to the person.

& # 39; The coroner concluded that the decision not to shoot was perfectly reasonable, & # 39; said NSW Police.

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Mr. Davidson is still visiting Lindt Cafe on Martin Place to pay tribute to the cafe manager.

& # 39; I suppose I'm here as a sign of respect … it gives me some comfort, & # 39; he said.

The siege of 2014 ended when the police stormed the cafe and killed Monis after he shot hostage and Lindt Cafe manager Tori.

Mrs. Dawson was killed by a police bullet who returned during the raid.

NSW POLICY STATEMENT

In light of the program broadcast tonight and the likelihood of further reporting regarding the story, NSW Police Force offers the following;

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During the Lindt Siege, the former officer interviewed by Nine for operational purposes was identified as Sierra Three 1.

Sierra Three 1 was a sniper in the Westpac building.

In fact, a shot from the Sierra Three 1 rifle could not penetrate both the window glass in the Westpac building and the window glass in the Lindt Cafe.

Breaking the Westpac glass, creating a hole, and then shooting through it would have taken considerable time and generated noise that could have been heard by Monis.

This may have led him to take revenge in a number of ways, such as the explosion of the IED that was thought to be present.

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Breaking the glass would have made the glass crazy, which created a network of fine cracks, which would have impaired the ability of Sierra Three 1 to see to take the photo.

In any case, there was only one occasion that Monis was in a position where snipers could aim at him.

The coroner discovered that between 7:38 PM and 7:48 PM someone in Monis could be seen sitting in a window, but the snipers in the Westpac building were not sure if it was Monis.

It is noted that Sierra Three 1 said as evidence that he had no doubt that it was Monis, but was concerned that he had no legal justification to take the shot.

The coroner discovered that the snipers could not see if there were hostages directly behind or next to the person and they were afraid that shooting would endanger the hostages.

The coroner concluded that the decision not to shoot was entirely reasonable.

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