Of­fi­cer’s bul­let killed deputy at bar shoot­ing

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - – Los An­ge­les Times

LOS AN­GE­LES – The fa­tal bul­let that struck Ven­tura County Sher­iff’s Sgt. Ron Helus in­side a chaotic shoot­ing scene at 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 .45-cal­iber Glock hand­gun. Helus 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, who tossed smoke bombs and fired two of his seven high-ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines that packed 30 shots each into the crowd, Ayub said last month.

Helus and a CH Patrol of­fi­cer were the first peo­ple to run into the bar. Long im­me­di­ately am­bushed them.

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