Calif. deputy died from friendly fire in bar gun battle
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.
“This was a dynamic, chaotic event that led to a very brief but furious gunbattle between the killer and the lawmen,” Ayub said. “Sgt. Helus and the CHP officer both knowingly and willingly went into what can only be described as a combat situation, risking their own lives to save others. … They were ambushed almost immediately.”
Officials didn’t have much else to update about the investigation Friday, nothing more on the motive or the exact timeline of events.