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Update: Two additional CHP officers wounded in Paso Robles shooting identified 

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Update posted June 18, 6 a.m. 

Both received minor injuries and are recovering

–The California Highway Patrol is releasing the identity of two CHP officers who were wounded in the active shooter incident which occurred on June 10, 2020, in Paso Robles.

Officer Tim Maxwell, is a 21-year veteran with the Department and currently assigned to the King City CHP office as a Commercial Mobile Road Enforcement Officer. While searching for the suspect in the active shooter incident, Officer Maxwell sustained minor injuries. He was transported to the local hospital where he was treated and released. He is currently recovering at home.

Officer Isaac Clocherty, is a 12-year veteran with the Department and currently assigned to the King City CHP as a road patrol officer. While searching for the suspect, Officer Clocherty sustained minor injuries that were treated at the scene and he has since returned to full duty.

This incident currently remains under investigation by multiple agencies.


Update: Wife of wounded officer releases statement

Update posted June 15

–Tyler Dreyfus, the wife of wounded Deputy Nicholas Dreyfus has sent the Sheriff’s Office and the community the following update on his condition:

“Currently Nick remains in critical care but is stable. He has undergone several procedures and continues to be evaluated on a daily basis. Doctors have provided very positive feedback regarding his current condition and prognosis and remain optimistic for a positive outcome. Nick is surrounded by family and fellow Deputies and his spirits are high! On behalf of Nick and his family, we want to thank all of those who have reached out and shown concern and compassion. All of your support is appreciated and welcomed. Thank you.”


Update posted June 13 

–On Friday, the Arroyo Grande Police Department identified the third officer wounded in the two-day active shooter situation in Paso Robles this week. Sgt. Michael Smiley was shot while aiding in the search for 26-year-old Mason James Lira, who is believed to have attacked the Paso Robles Police Department and killed a man on Wednesday.

Smiley was shot in the calf and suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

One officer, a member of California Highway Patrol, was also wounded. His identity has not yet been released.


Original story posted June 12

Nicholas Dreyfus at his pinning ceremony on May 29, 2019.

–The Sheriff’s Office is releasing the identity of the deputy who was wounded Wednesday in day one of the active shooter incident in Paso Robles.

The deputy is identified as 28-year old Nicholas Dreyfus. He began with the Sheriff’s Office in October 2018. He is currently assigned to the North County Sheriff’s Station in Templeton. While searching for the suspect in the active shooter incident, Dreyfus was shot in the face. He was transported to a local hospital and then flown to a trauma center out of the area where he underwent surgery for his injuries. The surgery was successful. He is listed in guarded condition and his prognosis is good.

Dreyfus is married. His wife and family members are with him as he recovers.

One of the officers involved in Thursday’s stand-off with the same suspect is Deputy Blake Bursiaga of the King’s County Sheriff’s Department. Bursiaga is a member of the King’s County SWAT team.  Bursiaga is a 7-year veteran with the Kings County Sheriff’s Office and has served on our SWAT team for approximately 1-year. He is in being treated at a hospital on the Central Coast of California and “is in great spirits considering the circumstances,” according to a post by King’s County Sheriff’s Department Facebook Page. 

Deputy Blake Bursiaga of the King's County Sheriff's Department

Deputy Blake Bursiaga of the King’s County Sheriff’s Department.

Note from King’s County Sheriff’s Department: The photograph we released of Deputy Blake Bursiaga is the correct photo of him. Wrong name tag, but the right person.



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