Deputy killed by friendly fire in bar shootout

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FILE – This undated photo provided by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department shows Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in a deadly shooting at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Fellow sheriff’s deputies knew Helus as a “cop’s cop,” someone who, as one put it, would go to […]

Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy killed in a mass shooting at a Southern California bar was shot five times by a gunman who killed 11 others, but struck fatally by a bullet fired by a highway patrolman.

Deputy killed by friendly fire in bar shootout
Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub says Sgt. Ron Helus died from a bullet wound that struck vital organs shot by a California Highway Patrolman who joined him in the gun battle Nov. 7 at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.

Helus was among 12 people killed at the bar during the shootout. Gunman Ian David Long took his own life.

Authorities don’t know what drove Long to kill.

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