Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus, 54, was shot and killed November 8th after responding to an active shooter at a bar 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.

Helus was taken to a local hospital where he died from his wounds. The shooter killed 11 other citizens 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 and had planned to retire within the next year. He is survived by his wife and son.