Suspect identified in shooting at CA police station that left deputy wounded, civilian dead

Fox News reports Police and sheriff’s deputies in Central California are searching for a man they say shot a deputy in the head early Wednesday and killed another man in what investigators described as an “ambush” attack on a police station.

The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office said Mason James Lira, 26, opened fire at the Paso Robles Police Department before 4 a.m. Wednesday, shooting a responding deputy in the head.

The deputy’s partner dragged him to safety and returned fire, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson said.

The bullet remained lodged in the deputy’s head and he’s in serious condition at the hospital, Parkinson said.

“We feel that this was an ambush, that he planned it, that he intended for officers to come out of the police department and to assault them,” he said.

The sheriff’s department said Lira also killed a man who was found shot to death near railroad tracks a few blocks from the police station.

The sheriff’s office said in a press release it conducted a widespread search through downtown Paso Robles but Lira remains at large.

Around 11 p.m. police were seen barricading areas of downtown Paso Robles near Spring Street while searching with helicopters, according to a FOX 11 San Luis Obispo reporter.

 

The Paso Robles Police Department tweeted that the shooting stopped by 4 a.m. The department later released a photo of the shooting suspect.