Fallen Officer Made ‘Ultimate Sacrifice’ In Confronting Thousand Oaks Shooter

Fallen Officer Made 'Ultimate Sacrifice' In Confronting Thousand Oaks Shooter

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Fallen Officer Made ‘Ultimate Sacrifice’ In Confronting Thousand Oaks Shooter

Enlarge this imageVentura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran, was killed in the course of the deadly shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif.Ventura County Sheriff’s Section via APhide captiontoggle captionVentura County Sheriff’s Department through APVentura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran, was killed over the deadly shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif.Ventura County Sheriff’s Office by means of APUpdated at 2:05 p.m. ET Sgt. Ron Helus was within the telephone together with his wife once the reviews of gunfire started off streaming to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Busine s. It was all-around eleven:20 p.m. PT Wednesday, and also a gunman had opened hearth within the Borderline Bar & Grill. He told his wife he experienced to handle the call, told her he loved her and hung up the cellphone. Within minutes, together Felix Hernandez Jersey with a California Highway Patrol officer, he arrived on the hellish scene in sleepy Thousand Oaks, Calif. That phone call would be the last words Helus said to his family. He later died of the wounds he sustained in a shootout with the gunman one of 12 victims slain before the gunman apparently took his own life, finally bringing the bloodshed to an end. As wrenching as that toll is, it would have been still higher if not for Helus’ “ultimate sacrifice,” according to Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean. “There’s no doubt that they saved lives by going in there and engaging with the suspect,” a visibly emotional Dean told reporters a sembled the morning after. “I’ve heard [there were] anywhere from 150 to 200 people in there. Not that by any means the lo s of 13 lives is good, but it could have been much, much worse.”The sheriff’s busine s office did not immediately release the names of the rest of the victims.A 29-year veteran of the force, Helus had been nearing retirement. At 54, the sergeant had served in several capacities within the force including a years-long stint on a SWAT team, according to his colleague, Sgt. Eric Buschow. “Through it all, he’s patient, compa sionate, calm. I mean, that guy nothing would get him fired up,” Buschow told NPR’s Eric Westervelt. “He could have someone yelling right in his face and just calm a situation down. He was cool. And I’m not at all surprised that he was the first one in the door.” Helus also worked as a firearms instructor around the side. In https://www.marinersside.com/seattle-mariners/ken-griffey-jersey a biography posted to the busine s’ website, he explained that he experienced served as a firearms instructor for more than 25 years both about the SWAT team and for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Place of work as a whole. Helus and his wife also had an adult son, whom he’d been looking forward to spending more time with. “I imagine he was going to do a lot of adventures up in the mountains,” Buschow said, choking up. National Gunman Kills 12 People At Country Music Bar In Thousand Oaks, Calif. Then the call came in late Wednesday night. Helus and the highway patrol officer whom Dean did not immediately identify confronted the shooter within just minutes of the initial experiences. Over the shootout with the gunman, Helus was shot several times before the https://www.marinersside.com/seattle-mariners/hisashi-iwakuma-jersey other officer managed to pull him from the line of hearth, according to Dean. Helus was rushed to the hospital, but by the time he arrived, it was too late. The sergeant died there overnight. Enlarge this imageFirefighters, law enforcement and members of the public watch Thursday as a motorcade escorts Sgt. Ron Helus’ body to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Busine s.Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Imageshide captiontoggle captionRobyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesFirefighters, law enforcement and members of the public watch Thursday as a motorcade escorts Sgt. Ron Helus’ body to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesPolice transported his body in a convoy proce sion Thursday from Los Robles Hospital to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office environment. The sheriff’s busine s has “lost a hero,” Dean said. “It’s lost a great human being.” But sadly, he added, that lo s is just one part of a tragedy that has overwhelmed not just his department and not just the families of of the other eleven victims, but the community as a whole. “It’s all part of the suffering that we’re all going to go through as family members and parents and brothers and sisters on this tragic, sensele s lo s of life.”

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