Officer killed by CHP bullet
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.