CBS: The suspect, who first took the cafe during Monday morning rush hour, was identified by police as local Muslim cleric Man Haron Monis, who had taken to calling himself "Sheikh Haron." Officials said he died after being shot during the raid.
There were two other fatalities confirmed by officials, although their identities and their cause of death have not been revealed.
Heavily armored police units have stormed Lindt Café in Sydney after a day-long hostage standoff. Gun fire and stun grenades were heard at the scene. At least five hostages were seen fleeing from the building just before the police operation kicked off.
Witnesses have reported the sound of automatic gunfire at the scene, with police deploying flash bangs before storming the premises. Paramedics wearing bulletproof vests were seen entering Lindt Cafe, where over 40 people were taken hostage on Monday.