Sheriff: Deputy Killed by Friendly Fire in Borderline Bar Shootout

California Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, killed in bar mass shooting, gunned down by friendly fire: authorities

The 29-year law enforcement veteran was set to retire from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office next year.

Young told reporters officials were aware of Helus' injury but that they waited to release the information before getting confirmation from Federal Bureau of Investigation ballistics analysis. We know that Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus and a CHP officer bravely entered the bar together and engaged the suspect who had already shot and killed numerous people inside the establishment.

While Ayub said specific facets of that shot were still being investigated, he noted that the scene inside the bar was dark, smoke-filled and unfolding rapidly.

Helus and the CHP officer entered the bar at the same time, he said, but at some point, Helus ended up between the officer and the gunman.

The bullets fired by gunman David Long "caused serious injuries but potentially survivable injuries", Ventura County Chief Medical Examiner Christopher Young said.

Helus' wife holds no ill will toward the CHP officer, Ayub told ABC News on Friday.

An autopsy revealed Helus was struck by six bullets-five fired by the gunman, and one bullet fired by a California Highway Patrol officer.

Ayub said the finding that Helus was killed by another lawman did not diminish the heroism shown by both men.

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LD Maples, CHP's coastal division chief, said he delivered the news to the officer in question Thursday.

The veteran California police sergeant who was gunned down as he charged into a crowded bar to stop the Thousand Oaks massacre was killed by friendly fire, according to a new report.

"This news is extremely hard for all of us to process and understand", Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said. He said his officers continue to support Helus' widow, Karen, and son, Jordan, as well as the family, friends and colleagues of Barret.

Investigators have previously said they don't know why 28-year-old Ian David Long stormed into the Borderliine Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on November 7 as people were dancing to country music.

Officials didn't have much else to update about the investigation Friday, nothing more on the motive or the exact timeline of events - just the news that broke all their hearts, most of all that of the patrolman, a nine-year veteran, learned of the awful mistake for the first time Thursday. "When we broke the news to our officers, without a script, literally the first words out of each of the officers were 'that poor officer, ' and the Helus family has reacted that way too".

"He had no clue it was coming, was as surprised as all of us", Maples said.

CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said the agency was "profoundly saddened" by the news that one of their own contributed to the death of Helus.

"It is important to remember that the horrific circumstances at the Borderline Bar and Grill on that Wednesday night exactly one month ago today were caused by the evil act of one individual", Ayub said. "The burden lies exclusively with him, not with those who tried to save lives, those who tried to escape and certainly not with those who died while simply trying to enjoy an evening with friends".

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