DEPUTY DIED FROM FRIENDLY FIRE IN CALIF. BAR GUN BAT­TLE

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Thou­sand Oaks, Calif. — A sher­iff’s deputy who died in a mass shoot­ing at a Cal­i­for­nia bar was shot five times by a gun­man who mas­sa­cred 11 oth­ers, but the of­fi­cer was killed by friendly fire, au­thor­i­ties said Fri­day. Sgt. Ron Helus was fa­tally shot in the heart by a Cal­i­for­nia high­way pa­trol­man who had joined him in the chaotic gun bat­tle at the Bor­der­line Bar & Grill in Thou­sand Oaks on Nov. 7, Ven­tura County Sher­iff Bill Ayub said. In­ves­ti­ga­tors did not of­fer any more in­sight into what drove Ian David Long, 28, to storm the coun­try-west­ern bar dur­ing a weekly event for col­lege stu­dents. Helus and the CHP of­fi­cer re­turned fire, but Long was not struck by any of their rounds and took his own life af­ter the fire­fight.

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