A California man who is suspected to have shot a San Luis Obispo County deputy during an “ambush attack” on the local police department on Wednesday was shot and killed after a standoff with officers late Thursday afternoon.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office said that officers confronted Mason Lira, 26, in Paso Robles after receiving reports of a shot officer just after 2 p.m.
“Law enforcement officers were stationed in this area as part of a containment team assigned to keep the suspect, Mason Lira, from evading officers who were beginning a search of the riverbed,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
“Officers arrived at the scene and conducted a search for the suspect, when the suspect opened fire on the officers, wounding two of them,” it added.
According to the report, officers found Mira hiding in the riverbed. Mira then tried to flee on foot, but was fatally shot by pursuing officers. The sheriff’s office said that he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The news of Mira’s death comes after he allegedly shot an office deputy on Wednesday when he opened fire on the Paso Robles Police Department building at about 3:45 a.m Wednesday morning.
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