Friendly fire fatality
LOS ANGELES — The fatal bullet that struck Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus during a chaotic shooting scene inside Borderline Bar and Grill in November was fired from a California Highway Patrol officer’s rifle, authorities said Friday.
Sgt, Helus was hit five times by gunfire from Ian David Long, 28, who was armed with a knife and a .45-caliber Glock handgun with a laser sight attached as he stormed into the Thousand Oaks business.
However, a coroner’s official said Sgt. Helus might have been able to survive those injuries. The sixth and fatal round, which struck Sgt.Helus in the heart, was fired from a fellow officer’s gun.