PASO ROBLES, Calif. - The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has identified the deputy who was seriously injured after he was shot in Paso Robles Wednesday morning.
28-year-old Nicholas Dreyfus has been with the SLO Sheriff's Office since October 2018 and is currently assigned to the North County Sheriff's Station in Templeton.
Dreyfus was shot in the face while searching for a suspect in an active shooter situation. Dreyfus was transported to the hospital with help from Paso Robles firefighters.
He was then flown to a trauma center where he underwent successful surgery. He is currently listed as being in guarded condition, but the sheriff's office says his prognosis is good.
The suspected shooter, Mason James Lira, a 26-year-old transient, remains wanted by law enforcement. The search for Lira has expanded to areas throughout the state.
Lira was spotted at a gas station in Paso Robles early Thursday morning. Authorities are searching the riverbeds surrounding Paso Robles for Lira. Residents are being urged to contact 911 if they see him.
Donations for Dreyfus and his family can be made through the San Luis Obispo Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation. You can make a donation by mail using the following information:
In the name of Deputy Nick Dreyfus
PO BOX 13126
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406-3126