(Newsroom America) -- New South Wales Police say the siege of a Sydney cafe is over, with three people dead including the hostage taker and four others injured.
An unknown number of hostages were held since 9:45am local time by the suspect, believed to be 50-year-old Man Haron Monis who was out on bail on charges of being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife. He also reportedly faced numerous sexual and indecent assault charges.
New South Wales Police said a critical incident investigation has been launched following the police operation in Sydney’s CBD.
"About 2.10am local time, a confrontation occurred between police and a man who had taken a number of people hostage inside a café on Martin Place.
"Shots were fired during the confrontation. As a result, the 50-year-old man was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. Another man, aged 34, and a woman, aged 38, were pronounced dead after being taken to hospital," police said in a statement.
Two women have been taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while a male police officer suffered a non-life threatening wound to his face from gunshot pellets and was taken to hospital.
Another woman has been taken to hospital with a gunshot wound to her shoulder.
A 35-year-old woman was taken to hospital as a precaution.
"The police operation has concluded and the investigations into entire incident will be overseen by the Professional Standards Command," police said.
Police said no further details are available at this time.