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.


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

Incident Details

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

active shooter

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I wish I had posted this long time ago. I never met SGT. Helus but his death hit me differently. I was still living in LA when it happened and I woke up in the middle of the night for some reason and turned on the news. The worst news I’ve read because it was about an hour and a half away from where I was. I remember seeing his face and reading the story and I honestly started to tear up. Back in March of this year, I ordered a memorial band in honor of SGT Helus and haven’t taken it off my left wrist ever since. I hope to still wear it when I put in my application for a department after I graduate with my bachelors next year.

Rest easy sir.

Brandon D.

October 2, 2019

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