Sheriff’s sergeant told wife, ‘I love you,’ then rushed into Thousand Oaks shooting scene before he fell





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Twelve people, including a sheriff’s sergeant, were killed in a mass shooting at a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, Wednesday night. Jeff Pegues reports with information about the gunman and the weapon he used.
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Right before Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus rushed into the Borderline Bar & Grill on Wednesday night to respond to reports of a mass shooting, he was on the phone with his wife.

“He said, ‘Hon, I got to go, I love you. I gotta go on a call,'” Sheriff Geoff Dean said.
Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer were the first two law enforcement officers to reach the scene, shortly after 11:20 p.m. About four minutes after arriving, after hearing shots fired inside, they went through the front door.
“They immediately exchanged gunfire with the suspect. And that’s when Sgt. Helus was shot several times,” Dean said.
The highway patrol officer stepped back to secure the perimeter until additional units arrived, then pulled Helus out of the line of fire, Dean said. Helus died later at Los Robles Regional Medical Center.
“They knew they had to take action and they went in and did what they had to do,” the sheriff said.
Roughly 15 minutes later, a second group of law enforcement personnel mustered and entered the bar. By then, the shooting had stopped. The suspect was found dead in an office next to the bar’s entrance from what is believed to be a self-inflicted wound. Eleven more people were found shot dead. Several others were wounded.
An emotional Dean described Helus as a friend and colleague.
“He knew the risks, but he knew, like we all do, why we serve,” Dean said. “Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff’s sergeant. He was totally committed. He gave his all. And tonight … he died a hero. He went in to save lives, to save other people.”
Helus, 54, a Moorpark resident, was a 29-year veteran of the department and was planning to retire in the next year or so.
“He was an unbelievable man,” Sheriff’s Capt. Garo Kuredjian said. “He was a lifetime learner, a trainer, a mentor, a leader. He was a cop’s cop. His void is going to be felt throughout our agency.”










A gunman opened fire on a crowd inside Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Reports say 12 people were killed and many injured, and the gunman is reportedly dead.
(Pictured) Member of the California State Assembly Jacqui Irwin and Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Eric Buschow comfort each other during a news conference on Nov. 8.












Firefighters salute from an overpass as a motorcade with the body of Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus goes by on Nov. 8, in Newbury Park, Calif.












An honor guard salutes the body of Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ron Helus before it departs the Los Robles Regional Medical Center Thursday, on Nov. 8, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. 












People cry as a law enforcement motorcade escorts the body of Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ron Helus from the Los Robles Regional Medical Center on Nov. 8.












Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean speaks during a news conference after a mass shooting at a bar on Nov. 8.












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A gunman opened fire on a crowd inside Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Reports say multiple people were killed and injured, and the gunman is reportedly dead.
(Pictured) People comfort each other after a mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Nov. 8, 2018.












A procession for the body of Sergeant Ron Helus, who died in a shooting incident at a Thousand Oaks bar, drives down Ventura HIghway 101 in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Nov. 8, 2018. 












An undated handout photo made available by the Ventura County Sheriff Department showing Sergeant Ron Helus, who died along with 12 attendees and the gunmen following the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Nov. 8, 2018.












The home of suspected nightclub shooter Ian David Long is searched on Nov. 8 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The gunman has been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former Marine, the local sheriff said Thursday. The suspect, who was armed with a .45-caliber handgun, was found deceased at the Borderline Bar and Grill, the scene of the shooting in the city of Thousand Oaks northwest of downtown Los Angeles. 












Two sheriff’s deputies hug outside the home of the suspect in a shooting incident at a Thousand Oaks bar, in Newbury Park, California, on Nov. 8, 2018. 












Potential witnesses sit near the scene on Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where a gunman opened fire inside a crowded country music bar. 












People arrive to a family assistance and reunification center following a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill on Nov. 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. 












Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean speaks to reporters near the scene in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Nov. 8, 2018, where a gunman opened fire the previous night inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people. 












An FBI agent talks to a potential witness as they stand near the scene of the shooting on Nov. 8, 2018.












Law enforcement officers secure the road leading to the Borderline Bar and Grill on Nov. 8, 2018.












Ventura County Geoff Dean addresses the media about the mass shooting on Nov. 8, 2018. A sheriff’s deputy, 11 attendees and the gunmen were killed.












A forensics team examine the scene on Nov. 8. 2018.












Jason Coffman shows a picture of his son Cody as he waits for news of his son, who was at the bar.












People wait inside the Alex Fiore Thousand Oaks Teen Center where a reunification center has been set-up for people on Nov. 8, 2018.












Police guard the site of a mass shooting at a bar on Nov. 8, 2018.












A forensics team gets ready to examine the scene on Nov. 8, 2018.












Women who fled from the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill pass by a sheriff’s deputy on Nov. 8, 2018.












People comfort each other as they sit near the scene on Nov. 8, 2018.












Teylor Whittler (L) is hugged by her father after she fled the Borderline Bar and Grill on Nov. 8, 2018.












 Officers arrive on the scene of the shooting early Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. 












Police move through the vicinity of the shooting on Nov. 8, 2018.












Officials tend to a person on the ground in the vicinity of a shooting on Nov. 8, 2018.












Police vehicles line a road in the vicinity of the shooting on Nov. 8, 2018.












First responders are seen outside Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Nov. 8, 2018.












In this image taken from video a victim is carried from the scene of the shooting.






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Kuredjian said a young man came up to him after the shooting to thank the deputies. “There’s no doubt in my mind that your sergeant’s actions saved others from being victims,” the man told him. “That’s a small piece of solace for the family knowing their father, their husband, ran into danger and saved lives.”
Dean said the sheriff’s department trains its deputies to enter buildings where there’s an active shooter, a policy that changed after the Columbine school shooting in 1999 in Colorado. Before, the policy was to wait for a SWAT team to arrive.
“Our officers know, when you get to a scene, and there’s two of you, or even just one of you, and there’s shooting going on, you go in,” the sheriff said.










Ventura County Sheriff officers await a procession for the body of Sergeant Ron Helus, who died in a shooting incident at a Thousand Oaks bar, in Thousand Oaks, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake






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Speaking of Helus and the CHP officer, Dean said there was “no doubt that they saved lives by going in there and engaging with the suspect,” adding there were probably 150 to 200 people inside the bar.
Helus served as an instructor when Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Dyer was in the academy.
“Ron Helus is the guy you want protecting your neighborhood at 2 in the morning,” said Dyer, who went on to work alongside Helus.
“He is in your corner all time. He makes it amazing to come to work. “
Sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow said he came on the job around the same time as Helus. “He was just a great guy. Just an instinctive cop,” Buschow said. “He has always had a knack for investigations.”
Helus worked narcotics and was on the SWAT team for many years.
“He’s a tactician so I have no doubt he employed the best tactics possible,” he said. “Unfortunately in a chaotic situation like that, you’ve just got to go in. And he did.”
“To describe it as heroic,” he trailed off for about a minute, as he stood about 300 feet from the bar. “What else do you call it?”
“It’s just not right,” he said about the shooting.
In addition to his wife, Helus is survived by his son.


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