UPDATE: ‘Ambush’ attack suspect killed in shootout with authorities in Paso Robles

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Three law enforcement officers wounded, expected to survive

UPDATE (7:45 p.m.) — The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office said Mason James Lira, the man suspected of killing a man and severely wounding a deputy was killed Thursday. Three officers were wounded during the shootout and search and are expected to survive.

Sheriff’s officials said an officer was shot in an area near Ramada Drive and Volpi Ysabel Road in Paso Robles at around 2:10 p.m. Authorities were in the area searching for Lira in a riverbed.

The officer reported to be from Arroyo Grande was taken to a hospital for treatment. Two more officers arrived and Lira shot back, wounding both of them, the sheriff’s office said.

Officials said Lira attempted to get away and was shot by officers. Lira was pronounced dead at the scene.

All officers were treated for non-life threatening wounds.


UPDATE (5:22 p.m.) — Affiliate KSBY reports Mason James Lira is dead, and several officers were wounded after shots were fired in an area near Highway 46 and Ramada Drive Thursday afternoon.

One Arroyo Grande police officer was wounded in Thursday’s search. Lira is suspected of killing a man and wounding a San Luis Obispo County deputy.


UPDATE (4:31 p.m.) — Paso Robles police say a suspect is down and several officers have been wounded after reports of shots fired in the area of Highway 46 West and Ramada Drive.

Authorities were in the area searching for Mason James Lira who is suspected of shooting and killing one man and severely wounding a San Luis Obispo County deputy early Wednesday morning.


UPDATE (2:40 p.m.) — Paso Robles police say officers are responding to the area of Highway 46 and Ramada Drive for reports of shots fired as the search continues for Mason James Lira.

Residents were advised to stay away from the area. Video sent to 17 News shows a heavy police presence in the area.

NBC affiliate KSBY reports multiple law enforcement agencies are responding.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff says Reverse 911 was used to alert residents to shelter in place as authorities searched the area.


PASO ROBLES, California (KGPE) – A manhunt is underway in California as law enforcement continues to search for the gunman in the “ambush” shooting of a sheriff’s deputy and the fatal shooting of a homeless man.

The suspect was identified as 26-year-old Mason James Lira. He has dark hair and weighs about 160 pounds and is from the Monterey area. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Sheriff Ian Parkinson said a gunman shot at the police department just after 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

“We had an unprovoked attack on local law enforcement and, in my opinion, an act of a coward,” said Parkinson.

Parkinson said the suspect exchanged gunfire with deputies, one of whom was shot in the face. He said the suspect had been “laying in ambush” at the police department.

“The deputy was an absolute hero,” said Parkinson. “Even calling out that he had been shot on the radio.”

The deputy was taken to the hospital. He is in stable but serious condition. The suspect fled the scene.

Soon afterward, law enforcement reported finding the body of a 58-year-old homeless man near an Amtrak station. Investigators said he was fatally shot in the back of the head. Police say they believe the two shooting incidents are linked.

Parkinson said the animosity towards police in the past two weeks could be a factor in shootings.

“It is disappointing that these types of things are occurring all across the nation,” he said. “But when these things are happening in your own back yard and you have such an amazing county and amazing citizens in this county, it is even more disappointing. And even more troubling.”

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