Mason James Lira Wiki – Mason James Lira Biography
Mason James Lira was named by authorities as the California active shooter suspect sought in the shooting of a San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputy outside the Paso Robles Police Department and the murder of another man at a local train station.
Who is Mason James Lira?
He is identified as 26-year-old man, a transient from the Monterey area. Lira is accused of a shooting spree which began at approximately 3:45 a.m. today when he started shooting at the Paso Robles Police Department building. A Sheriff’s Deputy who responded to that call was shot in the face and later a local man was found shot to death at the Paso Robles train station,” the Sheriff’s Department wrote.
Mason James Lira California active shooter
The suspect was named as “Mason James Lira, 26, transient.” Lira remained at large on June 11, and authorities warned the community that he was armed and dangerous. The incident comes as unrest – and anger toward police – escalates nationally in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Police described him as a “Hispanic male adult, approximately 5′ 8″ tall, 150-160 pounds with dark curly hair and beard.”
“We feel this was an ambush. He planned it. He intended for officers to come out of the Police Department and to assault them,” said the San Luis Obipo County Sheriff in a news conference. He said a “gunfight” occurred over a period of time, not seconds. “…It was obvious the suspect was intending to harm or kill law enforcement.”
Mason James Age
He is 26 years old.
Mason James Lira Shooting
The Sheriff called the shooting an “unprovoked attack on local law enforcement, and in my opinion the act of a coward.”
He said a sheriff’s deputy responding to the aid of the police department was shot in the face by a suspect who was “laying in ambush.” The wounded deputy was flown to a trauma center for his “advanced medical condition.”
The shooting started at 3:09 a.m. when staff inside the police building began hearing firing at the police station. They also viewed the shooting on cameras. They responded outside the building and requested the assistance of local law enforcement.
The suspect “began firing at police cars as they entered the downtown area where the police building is located.” Two deputies arrived on scene at 4 a.m. to assist the other officers. At 4:19 a.m. the two deputies were searching the area in which the shooter was last seen. They came under fire and one deputy was shot in the head. The second deputy returned fire, “protecting his downed officer.” The deputy pulled his wounded partner to safety.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook that it “has identified a suspect in a shooting incident which killed a local man and seriously wounded a Sheriff’s Deputy in Paso Robles…”
Mason James Lira Motive
Asked the suspect’s motive, the sheriff said: “…it’s kind of been the general theme floating around the nation right now, this rise up anti-law enforcement coalition it seems. All we can surmise at this point is this was an unprovoked attack on officers simply doing their job in the community.”