A tragic new development regarding the death of Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus at the Borderline shooting in Thousand Oaks last month reveals that he died by a fatal shot from a California Highway Patrol officer, not the shooter.
According to the Los Angeles Times, authorities said in a press conference on Friday that Helus could have survived the shooting had he not been shot in the heart by a CHP officer returning fire. Though the shooter struck Helus with five bullets, those wounds were not deemed fatal.
“This news is extremely difficult for all of us to process and understand,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said.
The horrific shooting left 12 people dead with others wounded. Helus and the California Highway Patrol officer were the first to run into the bar after the 911. They were immediately ambushed by the shooter, who had positioned himself into a tactical position to return fire. In the ensuing chaos, Helus stood between both the shooter and the CHP officer, taking bullets from both sides. – READ MORE