Calif. deputy died from friendly fire in bar gun bat­tle

The Modesto Bee - - Local -

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.

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