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At first glance, the overnight attempted murder of a California police deputy doesn’t appear to be linked to the anti-cop Black Lives Matter movement. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the actions of transient Mason James Lira, 26, left one San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office deputy in serious condition and one homeless man dead.
According to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson, around 3:00 am Wednesday morning a dispatcher noticed a man wandering around the Paso Robles Police Department in downtown Paso Robles, a town in Obispo County.
“[The man] shot at the building and at police cars, shattering windows near the evidence room and hitting one car,” Bakersfield station KBAK reported. “The Sheriff says deputies went out to help, but the suspect was waiting in ambush in downtown Paso Robles.”
A married, two-year deputy who responded was reportedly shot in the face and remained in serious but stable condition as of Thursday. The deputy hasn’t been named.
Urgent: Active Shooter situation in Paso Robles.
Searching for armed man who fired at Paso Robles PD this morning.
Deputies & CHP responded to the incident.
One Deputy shot. He is in serious but stable condition.
If near downtown Paso Robles you are asked to shelter in place. pic.twitter.com/7tpZQD4urR
— SLO County Sheriff (@SLOSheriff) June 10, 2020
“Another deputy returned fire, but the man got away and the Sheriff doesn’t believe the suspect is injured,” KBAK’s report continued. “Another man, age 58, was found by an Amtrak station downtown shortly after, shot dead point-blank in the back of the head.”
The other man was reportedly homeless.
Parkinson believes the attack was premeditated.
“We feel that this was an ambush, that he planned it, that he intended for officers to come out of the police department and to assault them,” he said during a press briefing Wednesday.
The full briefing may be heard below:
As of Thursday morning, Lira had been identified as the suspect but not yet apprehended. He was considered armed and dangerous.
See photos of him below:
— SLO County Sheriff (@SLOSheriff) June 11, 2020
The Sheriff’s Office is releasing these images of the suspect believed to be responsible for the active shooter event that took place in Paso Robles this morning. #PRactiveshooter pic.twitter.com/IkUDi8jOCr
— SLO County Sheriff (@SLOSheriff) June 10, 2020
It’s not clear when the mugshot of him seen above was obtained.
“San Luis Obispo Superior County Court records do not show any local criminal cases filed against Lira,” San Luis Obispo County’s The Tribune notes.
The evidence suggests Lira is severely mentally ill.
There’s a Mason James Lira on Facebook who looks just like the man pictured above, and his page contains nonsensical, schizophrenic diatribes.
“On his Facebook page, Lira talks about traveling into the future and the past, mind control and loving a daughter even though he is unable to remember who the child’s mother is, in videos he posted in 2017,” Cal Coast News notes.
The page, available for review here, doesn’t seem to contain any Black Lives Matter rhetoric.
Amazon likewise contains a Mason James Lira responsible for writing the following four books:
- “I AM JAMES”: Part 1
- @#%K These Crackers
- PROOF: While “1984” Remembers
- While “I” Remembers
The guy appears to be nuts, versus a left-wing extremist.
The shooting in San Luis Obispo County comes as cops nationwide are facing relentless character assassinations from left-wing activists who’ve sought to use the killing of Minneapolis black man George Floyd to indict all cops of racism and evil.
The oftentimes irrational backlash to Floyd’s killing has been so severe that Mike O’Meara, the president of the New York State Police Benevolent Association, was compelled to deliver an emotional statement Tuesday defending his brothers and sisters in blue.
“Police have 375 million interactions with the public every year — overwhelmingly positive responses,” he said. “But we all read in the paper that in the black community, mothers are worried about their children getting home from school without being killed by a cop. That does not happen!”
WATCH 🚨 New York police boss Mike O’Meara went off on the media today:
“Stop treating us like animals and thugs and start treating us with some respect … Our legislators abandoned us. The press is vilifying us. It’s disgusting.” pic.twitter.com/CXOPARKff7
— August Takala (@AugustTakala) June 9, 2020
“I am not Derek Chauvin. They are not him,” he added, referencing the former Minneapolis cop accused of killing Floyd. “He killed someone. We didn’t. We are restrained.”
“Everybody’s trying to shame us. The legislators. The press. Everybody’s trying to shame us into being embarrassed of our profession. … Stop treating us like animals and thugs, and start treating us with some respect! That’s what we’re here today to say. We’ve been left out of the conversation. We’ve been vilified. It’s disgusting.”
Parkinson briefly mentioned the ongoing anti-cop movement at Wednesday’s presser.
“You see what’s happening nationally, you see the riots, you see the looting, you see the acts of violence occurring … there’s naturally fear as a result of that,” he said. “So trying to calm the community has been our goal.”
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