Mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California Several hundred people were inside the venue at the time, police said. The gunman later was confirmed dead.
A sheriff’s sergeant who was one of the first officers to rush inside a packed Southern California bar after a gunman opened fire late Wednesday was struck multiple times and later died, authorities said.
Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, was one of the 12 killed at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.
Helus, who had a wife and son, was hailed for his bravery by Sheriff Geoff Dean, noting how he raced toward the danger within three minutes of the first reports of gunfire.
“He gave his all, and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero,” Dean said, choking back tears at a news conference. “He went in to save lives, to save people.”
Sheriff remembers sergeant slain in Thousand Oaks bar shooting