Sgt. Ron Helus killed in SoCal bar massacre ‘went in to save lives’
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A Ventura County sheriff’s sergeant was among the 12 people killed during a mass shooting at a country bar Wednesday night, authorities said.
Sgt. Ron Helus responded to a report of shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California at 11:30 p.m. and was killed “saving other people,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said. “He went in to save lives.”
Helus, a 29-year veteran, was set to retire in the next year from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. He was described as a hard-working and dedicated hero.
“He was totally committed, he gave his all, and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero,” Dean said.