Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Deputy died from friendly fire in shootout at California country bar

Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus
Jeannette Daniel | 08 December, 2018, 08:00

Helus has been credited as being a hero after he rushed into the bar to confront the gunman.

What happened next is every officer's worst nightmare: One of the patrolman's bullets hit his fellow policeman, piercing his heart and killing him.

The highway patrolman was among a number of officers who were involved in a shoot-out with Long. It was that sixth round which struck Helus in the chest and heart and ultimately killed him, authorities reported Friday morning.

"This is a tragic detail that I don't think was avoidable", he said.

The highway patrolman was not named, but he is a nine-year veteran of the force who is on leave.

"Whether this was accidental, or a missighting, or perhaps a mistaken identity is something we're still investigating", Ayub said.

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

Officials say that the CHP officer was "shocked and devastated" to learn that he had been responsible for father-of-one Helus' death after being told yesterday.

Five bullets traceable to the suspect's weapon were found during Helus' autopsy, according to Ventura County's chief medical examiner Christopher Young.

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Mr Ayub said the fatal shot did not diminish the heroism shown by the officers.

"He went there with a plan and a goal and that was to take innocent lives", Ayub said. "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". "The burden lies exclusively with him, not 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".

He called the situation unavoidable.

"This was a dynamic, chaotic event that led to a very brief but furious gunbattle between the killer and the lawmen", he said.

"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 action of one individual: the man who murdered twelve people and injured twenty-two others", said Ayub.

"Both Sgt. Helus and the CHP officer knowingly and willingly went into what can only be described as a combat situation, risking their own lives to save many others, and it is a fact that many lives were saved that night", he said.

Long threw smoke grenades into the group of revelers, obstructing what they could see, before he opened fire. He then used a flashlight with a laser sight attached to his.45-caliber semi-automatic pistol as he fired at the establishment, which was filled mostly with young people dancing to country music.

Other Borderline patrons who tried to escape the gunfire by jumping out of windows and diving under tables were left with minor injuries like scrapes and cuts. He is survived by his wife and a 24-year-old son.

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