Fresno, CA-The man accused of shooting a deputy and killing a man in Paso Robles early Wednesday morning has been identified.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says they are now searching for 26-year-old Mason Lira for opening fire at the Paso Robles Police Department overnight.
The shooting occurred around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday when the suspect fired at the Paso Robles Police Department building. One deputy was shot and was airlifted to a trauma hospital. He is in serious, but stable condition.
Authorities also confirmed they found a deceased body near the Amtrak station at 8th Street and Pine Street.
Sheriff Ian Parkinson said this was an “unprovoked attack on law enforcement.” He also said the suspect was “laying in ambush” at the police department, and that it was the “act of a coward.”
If anyone knows the whereabouts of Lira, contact the SLO County Sheriff’s Office or the Paso Robles Police Department.