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Paso Robles police chief thanks community for support following active shooter incident

Posted at 9:30 AM, Jun 17, 2020

Paso Robles Police Chief Ty Lewis says investigators are still looking into the motive behind the shooting spree by suspect Mason James Lira in the Paso Robles area last week.

During Tuesday night’s city council meeting in Paso Robles, Lewis thanked the community for the outpouring of support following the incident.

Lira is accused of shooting a Paso Robles man, identified as James Watson, in the head near the train tracks in the early-morning hours of June 10 before he opened fire on the Paso Robles Police Department and shot a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputy in the face.

The manhunt for the 26-year-old prompted an hours-long lockdown of the city’s downtown area.

After about 36 hours, officers engaged in a firefight with Lira once again near the Salinas Riverbed. A Kings County Sheriff’s deputy, California Highway Patrol officer and Arroyo Grande Police Department sergeant were all shot but are expected to be OK.

Lira was killed.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Lewis also gave his condolences to Watson’s family.

According to a Facebook post by the victim’s family, Watson’s funeral is planned for June 22 at First Baptist Church in Paso Robles at 10 a.m.

Community members are invited.