Local agencies share condolences for sergeant killed in California shooting

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Local law enforcement agencies are showing their support for a California sheriff's sergeant who lost his life in a mass shooting that killed 12 people.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus was a 29-year law enforcement veteran who was set to retire next year.

Helus was one of the first officers to respond to the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California to try to stop a rampaging gunman.

The Richland Police Department and Benton County Sheriff’s Office both shared their condolences on Facebook:

“Our thoughts are with Ventura County Sheriff's Office, the family and friends of Sergeant Ron Helus who gave his life serving his community, all the victims, and the entire Ventura community,” Richland police said

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office wrote, “A true hero, our thoughts and prayers go out to Sgt. Helus, his family and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.”

Helus was honored with a procession Thursday morning as law enforcement vehicles escorted his body from the Los Robles Hospital to the county medical examiner’s office.

"He was totally committed, he gave his all," Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said, "and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero."

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