Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus Dies A Hero In Borderline Shooting [VIDEO]

Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus Dies A Hero In Borderline Shooting [VIDEO]

Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus Dies A Hero In Borderline Shooting [VIDEO]

Details are still emerging from the horrific shooting in California this morning. It is believed that 12 people died at the gunman’s hand before he committed suicide. And one of his victims was Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus, who reportedly was shot multiple times when trying to confront the shooter.

The sergeant was one of the first law enforcement officers on the scene. The current belief is that once confronted by Sgt. Helus, the shooting “stopped,” according to the Ventura Sheriff’s office, and at that point the shooter committed suicide.

The shooter has been identified.


As of right now, there seems to be no discernable motive or reasoning behind these murders. But what we do know is that law enforcement, and specifically Sgt. Ron Helus, saved lives.
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Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus — who was nearing retirement in about a year — “gave it his all” but was shot multiple times by 28-year-old gunman Ian David Long and later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

“He died a hero because he went in to save lives, to save other people,” Dean said.

The first reports of shots fired at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks came in around 11:20 p.m. on a night the packed bar was hosting a special “College Country Night” event. Dean said Helus made one last call before heading to the scene: to his wife.

Helus was having a conversation with his wife on the phone at the time he got the call about the shooting, as he does several times during his the shift, according to Dean.

“He said to her, ‘I gotta go handle a call, I love you. I’ll talk to you later,'” he told reporters.

The sheriff said it was only three minutes later that Helus made entry to the bar with two California highway patrol officers. The cops believed there were other victims still trapped in the bar, but as Helus entered the front door, he was struck “multiple times” by gunfire.

“They knew they had to take action, and they went in and did what they had to do,” Dean said.

Helus, a 29-year veteran of the force, leaves behind a wife and son, according to Dean.

“You know we go to the gym together, work out together, and its horrific and terrible and it saddens our heart,” said Dean, who appeared visibly emotional and on the verge of tears.

“There’s just no way to describe this,” he said. “It saddens us all and it tears at our hearts and emotions as it should.”

The president has tweeted about the shooting, and noted the sacrifice of Sgt. Helus.


Sgt. Helus’s willingness to be the first to enter a dangerous situation cost him his life, but probably saved countless others. May God comfort his family while Ventura County and the nation pauses to honor his sacrifice.

Featured image: Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus (photo via Ventura County Sheriff Twitter feed)

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  • GWB says:

    The current belief is that once confronted by Sgt. Helus, the shooting “stopped,” according to the Ventura Sheriff’s office, and at that point the shooter committed suicide.
    IOW, a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun – even though he died doing it.

    it was only three minutes later that Helus made entry to the bar
    As much credit as I give this officer (he’s a REAL hero), once again the old saw is validated:
    When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.

    THIS is why people carry. Someone already on the scene* might have stopped this even sooner. Except, of course, in California (and other dark blue enclaves).
    (* Note, concealed carry is important, as the first person he shot was security.)

    Something that made me kinda chuckle: we often see guys that LOOK like heroes. This guy looks like a lovable dork (no offense). He looks like the last guy you would expect to be a hero. But he WAS a hero. Keep that in mind when you look around you every day.

  • There is the saying that you will find the US Marines guarding the Pearly Gates, if you should ever reach there.

    Well, this character* that I will not name again will certainly not be there. Sergeant Ron Helus will make a completely suitable replacement.

    * For “character,” substitute a large number of words that would make this comment far too long, and might get me banned even here.

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