A sheriff’s sergeant who responded to a mass sharpened final month during a Borderline Bar Grill in Thousand Oaks was killed by accessible glow from a California Highway Patrol officer’s arms during a shootout with a suspect, authorities announced Friday.
At a morning press conference, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub pronounced Sgt. Ron Helus was struck 5 times by bullets from a think and a sixth time by a turn from a CHP officer’s AR-type rifle.
Both law coercion officers had entered a venue to confront 28-year-old Ian David Long, who shot 13 people before he fatally incited his arms on himself. Helus and 11 other victims died in a Sept. 7 incident.
“This was a dynamic, pell-mell eventuality that led to a really brief though mad gun conflict between a torpedo and a lawmen,” Ayub said. “We trust that Sgt. Helus was clearly not a dictated aim of a CHP officer — that serve illustrates a impassioned conditions both group faced.”
According to a county’s arch medical examiner, Helus’ initial wounds were survivable, though a sixth bullet valid lethal when it struck his heart.
“This is unhappy news and a tragedy, though eventually this was a many serious damage sustained,” Dr. Chris Young said.
Investigators have nonetheless to announce Long’s ground for a shooting. He was carrying 7 high-capacity, 30-round magazines when he stormed into a Borderline Bar, a Sheriff’s Office said.
The shooter was armed with a folding blade and a Glock .45 size semi-automatic pistol he legally bought in 2016 during a Southern California gun shop, according to Ayub.
He threw several fume grenades and dismissed over 50 rounds during a rampage.
Helus, a 29-year maestro of a Sheriff’s Office, was wearing physique armor when he was shot, authorities said.
“The small suspicion of something like this function is harmful to all of us,” a Highway Patrol pronounced in a statement, “and underscores a formidable and dangerous resources law coercion faces, mostly with usually small seconds to react.”
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