(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)
Sheriff Dean says Sergeant Ron Helus was a 29-year veteran of the department. He and a CHP officer arrived on scene first and were making entry to the Borderline when he was shot. The CHP officer then rescues the Sergeant who was taken to a local hospital where he died.
Dean says Sgt Helus was the first on the scene around 11:20 PM Wednesday.
A CHP officer in the area also arrived at that time and the two went into the Borderline to confront the shooter.
That's when the 54-year-old Sgt Helus was mortally wounded by gunfire.
The CHP officer rescued Helus and he was taken to the hospital where he died.
The suspect shooter identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long of Newbury Park, a former Marine who used a handgun.
Dean says they recently had contact with Long but there was nothing in his history that would be a warning that something like this would happen.
Long had a couple of traffic tickets but no criminal record.
He was the victim of a battery at another Thousand Oaks bar in 2015.
The conditions of the wounded who are alive are not known and the number of wounded is increasing as people who evacuated themselves from the scene are showing up on their own at local hospitals for treatment.
The scene was reported secured as of 1:30 AM.
A Family Unification Center has been set up at 1375 E. Janss Rd in Thousand Oaks. For information please call the Hotline 1(805)465-6650 for any information.
Due to #Borderlineshooting:
Moorpark Road is closed from 101 to Los Padres Dr.
Highway 101 north and south off-ramps at Moorpark Road are closed
Southbound Moorpark Rd traffic will be detoured to Hillcrest Dr, Thousand Oaks Blvd., And northbound 101.
Residents in the area of Moorpark Rd south of 101 can detour on Los Padres Dr., to Haaland Dr., to Rancho Rd.
This will be an extended Traffic closure event. Avoid the area, use alternate routes, and allow for extra travel time, especially during rush hour commutes.
A procession will take place at 10:00 am today for Sgt. Ron Helus. He was shot and killed by a suspect who committed a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks late last night.
Sgt. Helus will be transported via motorcade from Los Robles Hospital to westbound Janss Road.
From there, the motorcade will travel southbound on Lynn Road to US 101 northbound to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office in the city of Ventura.
There will be intermittent road closures in the area during that time period.
Expect traffic delays as a result.
Ron was a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. He leaves behind a wife and son. Ron’s selfless, heroic actions will never be forgotten. Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.