THOUSAND OAKS (CBSLA) — A Ventura County sheriff’s sergeant killed in a mass capturing in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday night time was a 29-year veteran of the drive seeking to retire throughout the subsequent 12 months.
13 individuals have been killed in a capturing on the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, together with the shooter and Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus.
Minutes after the capturing was first reported at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, Helus was the primary to enter the bar and was struck a number of instances by gunfire, in accordance with Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean. A California Freeway Patrol officer who was coming into with him retreated, secured the perimeter, then pulled Helus out of the road of fireplace.
Helus, who lived in neighboring Moorpark together with his spouse and son, died at about 2 a.m. at a hospital. He was a 29-year veteran of the division and was contemplating retiring this 12 months.
“Unattainable to place any logic or sense to the mindless,” Dean mentioned throughout a information convention.
The shooter has not been recognized, and authorities say they haven’t discovered any hyperlink to terror at the moment. A handgun was recovered on the scene, which Dean says has not been examined intimately but.
Dean mentioned the shooter was already lifeless when officers made entry. It’s not clear how he died.
Authorities discovered as much as 15 extra individuals on the scene with accidents, not together with those that escaped from the nightclub, which had been internet hosting a “Faculty Nation” night time.
Thousand Oaks is likely one of the second-largest metropolis in Ventura County, about 40 miles north of Los Angeles. It’s thought of one of many most secure cities with a inhabitants of greater than 100,000 within the nation, in accordance with FBI crime statistics.
“, I’ve been a cop for 41 years, and I by no means thought I’d see the issues across the nation that may occur,” Dean mentioned. “However I’ve discovered, it doesn’t matter what neighborhood you’re in, it doesn’t matter how protected your neighborhood is. It may occur anyplace.”