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California Sergeant Killed in Mass Shooting Spoke with Wife Before Responding

November 08, 2018  | 

The Ventura County, CA, sheriff’s sergeant killed in the mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar Wednesday night was on the phone with his wife when he got the call about the incident.

Sgt. Ron Helus, who spoke to his wife multiple times during every shift, told her “I’ve got to go handle a call. I love you. I’ll talk to you later,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said Thursday.

Helus, a 29-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, arrived at Borderline Bar & Grill within two minutes of the first 911 call Wednesday night. When he entered the bar to confront the gunman, he was shot multiple times.

A California Highway Patrol officer pulled Helus from the line of fire, but the sergeant later died at the hospital.

Eleven other people were killed when Ian David Long, a 28-year-old Marine veteran, opened fire during a college country night at the bar, Time reports.

Helus was planning to retire next year.


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DEPUTYJJG @ 11/8/2018 4:38 PM

A true man of courage. Sleep well in the arms of the Lord Sgt. Helus. Prayers for your family and your agency. TX LEO

Donnie @ 11/9/2018 12:38 AM

So sad. Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. Thank you for your many years of service, your sacrifice is not vain and you will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Sgt Helus during this time of tragic and senseless loss. Prayers also for the families of those others who were killed and/or injured in this heinous crime.

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