Release of the suspect’s photo Wednesday afternoon.
Jan Parkinson, Sheriff of San Luis Obispo County, called the action of Wednesday morning by a single gunman a cowardly and unprovoked attack on law enforcement.
This morning we had an unprovoked attack on local law enforcement and, in my opinion, a cowardly act, said Sheriff Parkinson at a 30-minute press conference outside the sheriff’s office in Templeton.
The deputy sheriff of the SLA has reportedly been shot in the face by a gunman who is still at large. The MP was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. at the Paso Robles police station on the 10th floor. Downtown street of Paso Robles. Wednesday.
The congressman had been shot by a suspect who ambushed Paso Robles’ downtown police department, Parkinson said.
Authorities believe the shooter shot and killed a 58-year-old homeless man who was camping near the Amtrak station in Paso Robles, a few blocks from the police station. His body was found around 7 a.m. by traders in the area.
At this stage it seems that in the absence of a better date, it cannot be provoked, said Chief of Police Paso Robles Tay Lewis. Right now, we don’t even know if the victim knew she was going to be attacked. Looks like it was premeditated, on purpose. It was the only shot in the back of the head we could detect at the time.
The identity of the homeless man was not revealed. Lewis said that the evidence gathered at the scene could be linked to the shooting within the police department.
Paso Robles, police chief Tigh Lewis. Screenshot of the live press conference
, recorded by Hayley Mattson.
The photographs of the alleged shooter were released after a press conference at which Police Chief Parkinson and Paso Robles Tay Lewis gave a detailed account of events in the early morning of Wednesday.
Witnesses described the shooting suspect as a 6-foot tall Hispanic American, weighing between 150 and 160 pounds, with curly black hair and a beard.
Encourage this man to give up, Mr. Lewis. There’s no need for further bloodshed. Our society doesn’t need any more violence. We have to put an end to this.
The wounded congressman was taken to a trauma center outside the district. He’s in a serious but stable condition. He’s been with the sheriff for two years and he’s married, Parkinson said.
We pray for his recovery, Parkinson said. Our thoughts are with his family and the families of all law enforcement officers in the district.
Wednesday’s events began around 3:09 a.m., when Paso Robles police officers in the building began to hear the man who had fired shots in their police station and began to observe with surveillance cameras.
There are several bullet holes in the area at the back of the building where the evidence room is located, Lewis said. Shots fired at windows, doors, shots fired at brick walls of the police station.
The officers responded immediately and asked for help from local law enforcement agencies, including the San Luis Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol and the Atasquadero Police Department.
The suspect began shooting at police vehicles as they entered the downtown area where the police building is located, Parkinson said.
At about 4 a.m. two deputies arrived on the scene and drove as part of a two-man unit to assist the other officers shot down.
At about 4:19 p.m., two MPs 10 and Riverside searched for where the shooter was last seen.
They got out of the car and were shot, and as I said, one of the members was shot in the head, Parkinson said.
The second deputy started defending him, shot back and defended his shooter. The assistant grabbed the injured partner and brought him to safety.
Paso Robles’ firefighters came to the scene and helped him, took him with them and eventually drove him to the local hospital.
A call came to the shelter on 13th Street, southwards, past the train station, in the downtown corridor, when law enforcement officers from all over the province gathered and began an intensive search for the shooter.
They never found the shooter. The type of weapon the shooter uses is known, but law enforcement did not disclose this information at the press conference.
This suspect is clearly considered armed and dangerous, and we don’t want the public anywhere near him, Parkinson said. We just want them to let us know.
Sheriff Parkinson was asked if the shooter’s actions were related to other law enforcement attacks, particularly the fatal shooting of the Santa Cruz County Deputy on July 6. June. Some believe that violence against law enforcement officials is linked to the tragic death of George Floyd, a white policeman from Minneapolis, on 25 September. Mei.
We saw nothing that connected them as such, except unprovoked violence against law enforcement, Parkinson said. So far we haven’t found anything that connects them directly, but what can you say in the course of time.
Parkinson said Wednesday’s events were disappointing.
We lost an innocent man today, Mr. Parkinson said. We have a Member of Parliament in serious condition with serious injuries. It’s disappointing that these things happen.
The press conference ended with the words Parkinson’s: We’re gonna get this guy. I have no doubt.
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