Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus died “a hero” in Wednesday’s capturing on the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, Sheriff Geoff Dean stated. Helus was amongst a minimum of 12 killed when a gunman opened hearth on the favored nightspot for native faculty college students outdoors Los Angeles.

Helus, among the many first legislation enforcement responders, entered the entrance door of the bar with a freeway patrol officer, in line with experiences. He was shot a number of instances earlier than his fellow officer may transfer him out of the way in which. Helus later died from his accidents.

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Helus, who was married and had a son, had been on the drive for 29 years and was to retire in a 12 months, CBS Information famous.

“He was completely dedicated,” Dean stated. “He gave his all and tonight, as I advised his spouse, he died a hero … as a result of he went in to avoid wasting lives.”

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Capt. Garo Kuredjian stated within the video under posted by CNN {that a} younger man who was contained in the membership advised him that Helus “saved extra folks from being victims.”

“That’s what cops do,” Kuredjian stated. “That’s what he did.”

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Helus, 54, additionally owned a enterprise referred to as Gun Management, specializing in firearms coaching, in line with his Fb web page. He was a College of Oklahoma graduate.

“It’s so tragic shedding Ron,” Dean stated, per CNN. “We go to the gymnasium collectively, work out collectively. It’s horrific and horrible and it saddens our hearts.”

  • This text initially appeared on HuffPost.

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