Man Who Allegedly Ambushed California Deputy ‘Down’ After Police Shootout

In this undated photo obtained from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department and provided by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's office, Mason James Lira is shown. A hunt by authorities began Thursday, June 11, 2020, for Lira, who has been identified as a suspected gunman who ambushed officers the …
Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department/San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department via AP

The man who allegedly ambushed and injured a San Luis Obispo County deputy early Wednesday was shot Thursday afternoon by California law enforcement.

The Paso Robles, California, Police Department tweeted:

ABC News reports police began hunting the suspect, 26-year-old Mason James Lira, after he allegedly opened fire on law enforcement around 3 a.m. Wednesday. The FBI, California Highway Patrol, Arroyo Grande Police, and other local departments were all involved in pursuing Lira.

Twenty-eight-year-old Nicholas Dreyfus responded to the Wednesday morning shooting and “was shot in the face.” However, his “prognosis is good.”

KPIX describes Lira as a “transient” who is also wanted for questioning regarding the murder of a homeless man.

Lira’s dad says his son has a mental condition “but refuses to take medication.”

Other officers were injured in the shootout with Lira, but their conditions were not reported.

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