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Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus Shot and Killed in Mass Shooting

Sergeant Ron Helus Shot and Killed
Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus Shot and Killed in Mass Shooting

Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus was shot and killed after responding to an active shooter at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

When he arrived, Sergeant Helus heard gunfire coming from inside the bar, which was occupied by nearly 200 college students. He and a California Highway Patrol officer immediately made entry into the bar and confronted the shooter but Sergeant Helus was shot and severely wounded. The highway patrol officer, and civilians and other deputies pulled Sergeant Helus from the bar.

Sergeant Helus was taken to a local hospital where he died from his wounds. Eleven citizens who were also shot died in the incident and numerous others were wounded

The suspected shooter was later found dead inside the bar.

Sergeant Helus served with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office for 29 years. He is survived by his wife and son.


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