UPDATE: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 11, 2020 - Authorities say the man suspected of ambushing and shooting a California sheriff’s deputy is dead after a shootout with police.
A spokesman for the San Luis Obispo sheriff confirms Thursday the death of Mason James Lira. The circumstances around his death were not immediately available.
Lira allegedly ambushed and seriously injured a San Luis Obispo sheriff's deputy and killed a transient man Wednesday.
Officials say he got into a shootout with police Thursday. Lira's father says his son had several mental illnesses and did not take his medication.
LOS ANGELES - Several police officers were wounded in separate shootouts in California with a man suspected of ambushing and seriously injuring a deputy a day earlier.
Scores of police officers have been searching for Mason James Lira since early Wednesday when authorities said he opened fire on the Paso Robles police station on California’s Central Coast and then shot a San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputy in the face. The deputy is in serious condition.
Lira was located around 3 p.m. Thursday and a police officer was wounded in an exchange of gunfire.
Later, after a second shootout, a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department spokesman said several officers were wounded and the suspect was in custody.