Monday, 10 December, 2018

Deputy Killed in Thousand Oaks Attack Died from Friendly Fire

Ron Helus Modal Trigger Ron Helus AP
Steven Clarke | 08 December, 2018, 13:48

Autopsy results revealed that Sgt. Ron Helus was struck by six bullets inside the Borderline Bar and Grill - five fired by the gunman, Ian David Long, and one by a California Highway Patrol officer, local station KTLA 5 reported.

Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said Friday it was a sixth shot, fired by the CHP officer, that killed Helus. However, he fired more than 50 rounds and had seven high-capacity, 30-round clips on him - a total of 230 bullets.

The bullet that killed Sgt. Ron Helus was sacked by a fellow law enforcement officer, says Ventura County Sheriff William Ayub; Jeff Paul reports from Los Angeles.

He alone created the violence.

"The burden lies exclusively with him", Ayub said, "not those who tried to save lives, those who tried to escape and certainly not with those who died while simply trying to enjoy an evening with friends".

Helus and CHP officers Todd Barret and Lidia Espinoza were the first to arrive on scene at Borderline, just minutes after the shooting began around 11:20 p.m. November 7.

"These bullets caused serious injuries, but potentially survivable injuries", said Dr. Christopher Young, Ventura County's chief medical examiner. The suspect, who had been lying in wait for the officers to arrive, immediately ambushed the pair with gunfire as they entered the building.

Two women wearing blankets leave the area near the Borderline Bar and Grill after a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Nov. 8, 2018. "While Sgt. Helus and the officer's actions prevented the suspect from killing more people, tragically during the fierce but brief firefight that ensued, a round fired by our officer toward the suspect did strike Sgt. Helus". "Authorities would not say whether the fatal bullet struck Helus from the front or the back".

Long's motives are still unclear.

CHP Coastal Division Chief L.D. Maples described the CHP officer, a nine-year veteran, as a "consummate professional" with a "well-trained military background".

Italy nightclub stampede kills 6 and injures more than 100
Some survivors were quoted by Italian media as saying at least one fire exit was blocked when concertgoers tried to get out. Officials said people ran for the exits after someone sprayed a noxious substance at 1am local time (12am GMT).

At the news conference on Friday, authorities painted a clearer picture of the events leading to Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus' death.

The CHP officer was only identified as a 9-year veteran of the force.

The sheriff echoed Maples' sentiments.

That sixth bullet was fatal, Ayub said.

"Ron's wife is amazingly strong", Ayub said.

Without fail, the TOPD officers at Borderline reacted to the news in a similar fashion, he said.

California Highway Patrol Commissioner Warren Stanley added in a statement, "The mere thought of something like this happening is devastating to all of us and underscores the hard and unsafe circumstances law enforcement faces, often with only mere seconds to react".

Helus and the CHP officer entered the bar at the same time, he said, but at some point, Helus ended up between the officer and the gunman. There are no words that can be expressed as to the incredible sorrow his family is dealing with.

"It is important to remember that the horrific circumstances at the Borderline Bar and Grill on that Wednesday night exactly one month ago today were caused by the evil act of one individual", Ayub said.

Recommended

Tillerson Was 'Dumb as a Rock' Tillerson Was 'Dumb as a Rock' But perhaps the biggest challenge for Tillerson, he says, was constantly being the person to tell Trump he couldn't do something. Tillerson said on Thursday in Houston that Trump tried to get him to do illegal things without understanding they were illegal.

Fiat Chrysler: New plant for Jeeps planned for the Detroit area Fiat Chrysler: New plant for Jeeps planned for the Detroit area The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been made public. Fiat Chrysler's sales in the USA were up 8 percent in 2018.

China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon Scientists will study the data it collects in order to see how it compares to samples from the near side of the Moon. The earth's and moon's gravity balances the orbital motion of the satellite and makes it very fuel-efficient.

Southwest Plane Bellies to a Stop After Skidding Off Rainy Runway Southwest Plane Bellies to a Stop After Skidding Off Rainy Runway The runway - one of two - had to close, but the airport said it is open and that all airlines are operational. No one was injured in the incident that occurred about 9:05 a.m. local time.

Security guard detained in murder of Florida woman at Costa Rican property Security guard detained in murder of Florida woman at Costa Rican property Walter Espinoza, a spokesman with the country's Judicial Investigation Department, confirmed the details in media reports . She loved to travel, enthusiastically documenting trips to Cuba, Mexico, Iceland and Switzerland on Instagram.

'Grace is no longer alive and this is a murder investigation' 'Grace is no longer alive and this is a murder investigation' Miss Millane's body has not yet been found, but Det Insp Beard said police were "determined to do all we can to find her". The woman's father, David Millane, told reporters Friday his daughter was on a yearlong trip overseas that began in Peru.

Capitals visit Golden Knights in Stanley Cup rematch Capitals visit Golden Knights in Stanley Cup rematch However, I'm not sure that many can side with Reirden based on Tuesday's hit, and Wilson's history. It's a pretty special feeling for us as individuals, our team, our organization, everything.

My secretary of state was 'dumb as a rock,' Trump tweets The US President lashed out at Mr Tillerson in an unprecedented series on insults published earlier today on Twitter . Saying Mr Trump won office using modern-day tools to tap into strong emotions, he added, "I will be honest with you".

Nissan GT-R50 confirmed for production Nissan GT-R50 confirmed for production The GT-R50 started life as a NISMO version of the GT-R and as a means for Nissan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the model. Nissan announced Friday that orders for its exotic GT-R50 by Italdesign , limited to 50 units, are now open.

BioWare Finally Officially Announces Dragon Age 4: The Dread Wolf Rises BioWare Finally Officially Announces Dragon Age 4: The Dread Wolf Rises No details were provided in the announcement, besides the fact that a new Dragon Age game is now being actively developed. It's just a brief teaser trailer that doesn't even offer us a proper name for the new title.

Far Cry: New Dawn revealed; headed to PS4, PC and Xbox One Far Cry: New Dawn revealed; headed to PS4, PC and Xbox One Considering that we've seen Far Cry 4 in November 2014, Far Cry Primal in February 2016, and Far Cry 5 in March 2018. Montana's once-charred land has now blossomed, bathing New Dawn's landscape in a strikingly bright colour palette.

To Say Nathan Eovaldi Has Dominated Yankees Would Be An Understatement To Say Nathan Eovaldi Has Dominated Yankees Would Be An Understatement Eovaldi, 28, missed the entire 2017 season following Tommy John surgery and it didn't return until May 30 with Tampa Bay. Boston's starting rotation looks to be set after locking-up Eovaldi long-term, but questions remain in the bullpen.

Obsidian's new RPG called Outer Worlds, set in new IP Obsidian's new RPG called Outer Worlds, set in new IP The Outer Worlds debuted in a trailer at the Game Awards tonight, a week after Obsidian teased its new project . Exploring the far reaches of space, you'll encounter different factions, all of which are competing for power.

Cavs trade George Hill to Bucks for Dellavedova, Henson, picks Cavs trade George Hill to Bucks for Dellavedova, Henson, picks Dekker's short stint in Cleveland ends after nine games, where he averaged 6.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists per contest. Hill recently returned after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury, and the Cavs have been shopping him around for a deal.

Avengers 4 Prelude Comic Book’s Preview Released Avengers 4 Prelude Comic Book’s Preview Released Let us know! We'll be hitting repeat, and wondering when marvel will give us a first look or even a teaser of Avengers 4 . The next installment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel , has MCU fans everywhere hyped.