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Police Say Man Wanted For Shooting Sheriff's Deputy "Down"; Several Officers Reported Wounded

(San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office photo)
Surveillance camera video of Mason James Lira, the suspect in the shooting of a Sheriff's deputy, at a Paso Robles gas station early Thursday morning

A man wanted for shooting a sheriff’s deputy on the Central Coast is now reported by police to be down, and several officers wounded in a Thursday afternoon shootout. 

It comes after a hours long standoff near Ramada Drive in Paso Robles. 

Police aren’t saying whether Mason James Lira is dead, or serious wounded, but they say he is down.  At the same times, Paso Robles Police tweeted several officers were wounded.  There’s no word on how seriously they were hurt, or what law enforcement agencies they are from.

Detectives think Lira was responsible for shooting at the Paso Robles Police Department building early Wednesday morning. A San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputy responding to the scene was shot in the face, and seriously wounded. 

About three hours after Wednesday’s gunfight, the body of a man who had been shot to death was found at the Paso Robles train station.  Detectives say the 58-year-old man might be a second victim of the gunman.

Lira was the focus of a massive manhunt.  He was spotted overnight at a Paso Robles gas station.

The wounded deputy has been identified as Nicholas Dreyfus.  The 28-year-old deputy underwent surgery, and is no listed in guarded condition.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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