Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus "died a hero" after being shot by a gunman who killed 11 others at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.
The police officer who was shot and killed was identified as Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus, who was labelled a "hero" for attempting to stop the incident.
"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant". He gave his all. Dean said Helus was the first to go in and was immediately hit with multiple gunshots.
Authorities say they found a handgun at the scene. Around 11:20 p.m., authorities said a lone gunman began opening fire at the scene. "I don't know the condition of the victims but my understanding is there are a number (of) wounded included a local deputy ... all of the victims have been transported to hospitals", Fox told CNN on the phone.
Patrons threw barstools through windows in a desperate attempt to escape a gunman at a country-and-western bar in southern California late Wednesday.
Ventura County sheriff's spokesman Captain Garo Kuredjian said a procession was set for 10 a.m.to take Helus' body from Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks to the examiner's office in Ventura.
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Hours before the shooting, he shared a flier advertising the college country night on his Instagram page, writing: "See y'all tonight! We certainly will look at that option".
Law enforcement officials identified the gunman as Ian David Long of Newbury Park, a 28-year-old ex-Marine who used a.45-caliber Glock handgun.
Federal Bureau of Investigation officials were seen visiting a residence believed to be Long's in Newbury Park, California, which neighbors Thousand Oaks.
Nick Steinwender, who is part of the university's student government, said his friends were inside the bar when the shooting started.
Wearing a black jacket and sunglasses, the suspect shot a security guard and young female cashier before showering the Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks near Los Angeles with bullets.
"With over 2,500 square feet of wide open dance floor, Borderline has provided a haven for country line dancing folks of all ages equipped with pool tables", the website says.
A 29-year-veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office was killed during a horrific mass murder in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday night.
Twelve people were killed and 23 more injured at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on November 7 when David Ian Long, 28, opened fire before killing himself.