Of­fi­cer killed by CHP bul­let

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - By Soumya Kar­la­mangla

LOS AN­GE­LES — The fa­tal bul­let that struck Ven­tura County Sher­iff's Sgt. Ron Helus inside a chaotic shoot­ing scene inside Border­line Bar and Grill in Novem­ber was fired from a Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol of­fi­cer's ri­fle, au­thor­i­ties said Fri­day.

Helus was hit five times by gun­fire from Ian David Long, 28, who was armed with a .45cal­iber Glock hand­gun with a laser sight at­tached. How­ever, he might have been able to sur­vive those in­juries, coro­ner's of­fi­cials said.

The sixth and fa­tal round, which struck Helus in the chest, was fired from a fel­low of­fi­cer's gun.

“This news is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for all of us to process and un­der­stand,” Ven­tura County Sher­iff Bill Ayub said.

Helus and the CHP of­fi­cer had en­tered the bar on Nov. 7 to con­front Long.

The Border­line Bar and Grill was host­ing line-danc­ing les­sons for col­lege stu­dents that night when the crack of gun­fire echoed through the busi­ness about 11:20 p.m.

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