08:04 GMT25 September 2020
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    Police had been searching for the suspect for more than a day after he "ambushed" a police station in Paso Robles, shooting a sheriff's deputy in the head and leaving him in serious condition.

    Police have caught the suspect of the recent shootings in Paso Robles, California, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff announced on late Thursday.

    He was taken down by police but wounded several police officers who responded to the shooting in Templeton, south of Paso Robles.

    The man was identified as 26-year-old Mason Lira. His father told The Associated Press that his son suffered mental illnesses and often thought he was a "special agent" or a "soldier" in a war zone. He added that Lira had no bias against police and thinks that the attack on the police station was a suicide attempt.

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