Sergeant Ronald Lee Helus

Sergeant Ronald Lee Helus

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Thursday, November 8, 2018

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Ronald Lee Helus

Sergeant Ron Helus was shot and killed at 11:20 p.m. after responding to an active shooter at a bar at 99 Rolling Oaks Drive in Thousand Oaks.

When he arrived, Sergeant Helus heard gunfire coming from inside the bar, which was occupied by nearly 200 college students. He and a California Highway Patrol officer immediately made entry into the bar and confronted the shooter, but Sergeant Helus was shot five times by the subject and severely wounded. He was also struck one time by a friendly-fire round during the shooting.

Sergeant Helus was taken to a local hospital where he died from his wounds. Eleven citizens were also shot and killed in the incident, and numerous others were wounded.

The suspect was later found dead inside the bar from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sergeant Helus served with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office for 29 years. He is survived by his wife and son.

Bio

  • Age 54
  • Tour 29 years, 4 months
  • Badge 2556

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, November 7, 2018
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I met Ron in 90's he was always a pleasant man , growing up in Thousand Oaks you would never think this would happen here . The Borderline was the former Charlie Browns restaurant as a kid , if you grew up in Thousand Oaks there is a pretty good chance you have been inside this building at one time on another.
Thank you Sgt. Helus for your dedication and bravery to the residents of Thousand Oaks and Ventura County . The County was very lucky to have you protecting them .

T Campbell
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August 7, 2019

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