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Authorities: Suspect in ambush on California deputy is dead

In this undated photo obtained from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department and provided by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's office, Mason James Lira is shown. A hunt by authorities began Thursday, June 11, 2020, for Lira, who has been identified as a suspected gunman who ambushed officers the previous day outside a California Central Coast police station, shooting a sheriff's deputy in the head. (Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office/San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office via AP)
In this undated photo obtained from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department and provided by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's office, Mason James Lira is shown. A hunt by authorities began Thursday, June 11, 2020, for Lira, who has been identified as a suspected gunman who ambushed officers the previous day outside a California Central Coast police station, shooting a sheriff's deputy in the head. (Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office/San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office via AP)(KOLO)
Published: Jun. 11, 2020 at 7:49 PM PDT
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Authorities say the man suspected of ambushing and shooting a California sheriff’s deputy is dead after a shootout with police.

A spokesman for the San Luis Obispo sheriff confirms Thursday the death of Mason James Lira.

The circumstances around his death were not immediately available. Lira allegedly ambushed and seriously injured a San Luis Obispo sheriff's deputy and killed a transient man Wednesday.

Officials say he got into a shootout with police Thursday. Lira's father says his son had several mental illnesses and did not take his medication.

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