Officer’s bullet killed deputy at bar shooting
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.