OPINION | This article contains commentary which reflects the author's opinion.

🚨 POLL: Are you concerned about violence against cops?

[mo-optin-form id=”eTeQvgsXSI”]

🚨 POLL: Are you concerned about violence against cops?

[mo-optin-form id=”VBmTNDcWUS”]

A gunman opened fire at a police station in California and shot a deputy in the face, according to the LA Times and Fox News.

It was an ‘ambush’ attack, investigators say. The gunfire reportedly lasted over a span of several minutes.

The deputy who was shot in the face has remained unidentified, according to Sgt. Steve Odom. His partner returned fire. The deputy was airlifted to the hospital and was in serious but stable condition, reports added.

“We feel that this was an ambush, that he planned it, that he intended for officers to come out of the police department and to assault them,” investigators said. San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department issued a shelter-in-place order for the downtown part of the city as authorities search for the suspect.

The suspect is reported to be a man in his 20s or 30s. He has dark curly hair and is wearing a white hoodie, the description noted:

An emergency phone call was sent out to residents in the area. It stated: “This is the sheriff’s office. Please continue to shelter in place. If you must leave your residence, please do not come back until the shelter-in-place has been lifted.”

More from Fox News:

Investigators said another man was found shot to death near railroad tracks a few blocks from the police station and the homicide was related to the other shooting.

An hours-long search of downtown Paso Robles ended without an arrest.



Do You Like This Artice? Give Us Feedback 👇



The Paso Robles Police Department tweeted that the shooting stopped by 4 a.m. The department later released a photo of the shooting suspect.

Paso Robles is a small city along California’s central coast, about 175 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The shooting came in the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody late last month.

— Advertisement —

Arizona Rep. Paul Goas blamed Wednesday morning’s shooting on some of the more incendiary rhetoric stemming from the protests.

“What did you expect to happen after violent leftist rioters carried signs claiming ‘the only good cop is a dead cop’???” Gosar tweeted when sharing an Associated Press article about the Paso Robles shooting.

The shooting also follows other attacks on law enforcement in recent weeks. On Saturday, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was killed and another deputy was in an attack allegedly carried out by an Air Force sergeant armed with homemade bombs, an AR-15 and other weapons.