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California police search for suspect after body found, deputy shot


in California are searching for a gunman who they say opened fire on a police station, shot a sheriff's deputy in the face and killed another man early Wednesday.

The San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as Mason James Lira, 26, who officials described as a transient. He is considered armed and dangerous, the sheriff's office said.

Lira began shooting at the Paso Robles Police Department building around 3:45 a.m., the sheriff's office said in a statement.

A sheriff's deputy was shot in the face and seriously wounded, the sheriff's office said. A man was later found shot to death at the Paso Robles train station.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson called it "an unprovoked attack on local law enforcement," at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.

"One of my sheriff's deputies who was responding to the aid of the Paso Robles Police Department was shot in the face by a suspect that was laying in ambush at the police department in downtown," Parkinson said.

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