Deputy Nicholas Dreyfus, 28, was shot dead on Wednesday when a man opened fire outside a police station in Paso Robles, according to the office of the sheriff of San Luis Obispo province.
The shootings took place in the same area where Dreyfus shot.
He also said a message of refuge had been sent to residents living within a 2-mile radius. He then expanded the area to include the city of Templeton, located about 8 miles south of Paso Robles.
Dreyfus was shot in the face on Wednesday while searching for the suspect, but the sheriff’s office says his surgery was successful and he is in custody and his prognosis is good.
“We think it was an ambush he was planning,” said San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson. “He intends to get the police out of the police station and attack them.”
Lira reportedly started shooting at police cars shortly after 3 a.m. (local time) as they entered the city center and the station, Parkinson said.
Dreyfus was shot when he arrived to help police at the station, the sheriff said.
Hours after the shooting, police found the body of a 58-year-old man near Amtrak station in the city. The man was shot in the head “at close range” and investigators believe the incidents are related, the sheriff’s office said.
Stella Chan and CNN’s Sarah Moon contributed to this exhibition.