Proper earlier than Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus rushed into the Borderline Bar & Grill on Wednesday night time to reply to studies of a mass taking pictures, he was on the telephone together with his spouse.


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“He stated, ‘Hon, I received to go, I like you. I gotta go on a name,”” Sheriff Geoff Dean stated.

Helus and a California Freeway Patrol officer had been the primary two regulation enforcement officers to achieve the scene, shortly after 11:20 p.m. About 4 minutes after arriving, after listening to photographs fired inside, they went by way of the entrance door.

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“They instantly exchanged gunfire with the suspect. And that is when Sgt. Helus was shot a number of instances,” Dean stated.

The freeway patrol officer stepped again to safe the perimeter till extra models arrived, then pulled Helus out of the road of fireplace, Dean stated. Helus died later at Los Robles Regional Medical Middle.

“They knew they needed to take motion they usually went in and did what they needed to do,” the sheriff stated.

Roughly 15 minutes later, a second group of regulation enforcement personnel mustered and entered the bar. By then, the taking pictures had stopped. The suspect was discovered lifeless in an workplace subsequent to the bar’s entrance from what’s believed to be a self-inflicted wound. Eleven extra individuals had been discovered shot lifeless. A number of others had been wounded.

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An emotional Dean described Helus as a good friend and colleague.

“He knew the dangers, however he knew, like all of us do, why we serve,” Dean stated. “Ron was a hardworking, devoted sheriff’s sergeant. He was completely dedicated. He gave his all. And tonight … he died a hero. He went in to avoid wasting lives, to avoid wasting different individuals.”

Helus, 54, a Moorpark resident, was a 29-year veteran of the division and was planning to retire within the subsequent yr or so.

“He was an unbelievable man,” Sheriff’s Capt. Garo Kuredjian stated. “He was a lifetime learner, a coach, a mentor, a frontrunner. He was a cop’s cop. His void goes to be felt all through our company.”

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Kuredjian stated a younger man got here as much as him after the taking pictures to thank the deputies. “There is no doubt in my thoughts that your sergeant’s actions saved others from being victims,” the person instructed him. “That is a small piece of solace for the household realizing their father, their husband, bumped into hazard and saved lives.”

Dean stated the sheriff’s division trains its deputies to enter buildings the place there’s an energetic shooter, a coverage that modified after the Columbine college taking pictures in 1999 in Colorado. Earlier than, the coverage was to attend for a SWAT workforce to reach.

“Our officers know, if you get to a scene, and there is two of you, and even simply considered one of you, and there is taking pictures occurring, you go in,” the sheriff stated.

Talking of Helus and the CHP officer, Dean stated there was “little doubt that they saved lives by entering into there and interesting with the suspect,” including there have been in all probability 150 to 200 individuals contained in the bar.

Helus served as an teacher when Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Dyer was within the academy.

“Ron Helus is the man you need defending your neighborhood at 2 within the morning,” stated Dyer, who went on to work alongside Helus.

“He’s in your nook all time. He makes it wonderful to return to work. “

Sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow stated he got here on the job across the identical time as Helus. “He was only a nice man. Simply an instinctive cop,” Buschow stated. “He has all the time had a knack for investigations.”

Helus labored narcotics and was on the SWAT workforce for a few years.

“He is a tactician so I’ve little doubt he employed the very best techniques doable,” he stated. “Sadly in a chaotic scenario like that, you’ve got simply received to go in. And he did.”

“To explain it as heroic,” he trailed off for a couple of minute, as he stood about 300 ft from the bar. “What else do you name it?”

“It is simply not proper,” he stated concerning the taking pictures.

Along with his spouse, Helus is survived by his son.