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Woman in NSW siege died after bean bag round penetrated chest and hit heart, police say

Bean bag rounds fired at Krista Kach during a siege in Newcastle last week penetrated her chest and hit her heart, killing the 47-year-old, the New South Wales police acting commissioner says.

Kach died in John Hunter hospital on Thursday night after officers forced their way into her apartment after a nine-hour standoff. Police claim Kach had earlier threatened officers with an axe.

Bean bag rounds are described as a “less than lethal option” by NSW police, but the acting commissioner, David Hudson, on Tuesday revealed in this instance Kach died when the rounds penetrated her chest and and hit her heart.

The official cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest, according to an interim report from the NSW coroner, Hudson said.

Bean bag rounds have been used 15 times in NSW this year without incident, the acting commissioner said on Tuesday, but their use would now be suspended temporarily. Hudson said Kach’s death was a “tragedy”.

“Unfortunately in this case, which happens in a small number of cases, it has proven fatal,” Husdon told reporters.

“It would appear that the bean bag or supersoft round, as it’s described by manufacturers, has entered the body of the deceased and caused her death. It was not intended to be a fatal outcome.”

Kach’s family on Monday said police had “assured” them before the shooting she would be looked after by medical professionals.

“We told the police in no uncertain terms that she was not well that day and she needed medical help,” her family said in a statement.

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“Our mother was not a dangerous person, she has lived through difficult circumstances but she was a loving and capable person who cared for people and her family.

“The only person in danger when the police broke into our mother’s home and the many hours leading up to that moment was our mother.”

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