Sergeant Ron Helus
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, California
End of Watch Thursday, November 8, 2018
Age Not available
Tour 29 years, 4 months
Badge Not available
Incident Date Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Weapon Gun; Unknown type
Sergeant Ron Helus was shot and killed 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 immediately made entry into the bar and confronted the shooter but was shot and severely wounded. Civilians and other deputies pulled Sergeant Helus from the bar.
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.
Sergeant Helus served with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office for 29 years. He is survived by his wife and son.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Sheriff Geoff Dean
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office
800 S. Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009
Phone: (805) 654-2380