California bar shooting: Ian David Long identified as suspect

09 November, 2018, 03:28 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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A "dedicated" police officer who was one year from retirement died in the California bar massacre while trying to stop the gunman, it emerged today.

A "5150" is a code in California law stating a person is a danger to themselves or others because of a mental health issue. "We have no idea what the motive was at this point", Dean said.

This was the deadliest mass killing in the USA since the massacre in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2017.

Prior to heading to the scene, Helus talked to his wife, as he does several times during his shift, Dean said.

"I've learned it doesn't matter what community you're in", Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters when asked if he was surprised this happened in Thousand Oaks.

"He didn't say anything, at least not that we could hear", Estron added.

"Multiple other victims of different levels of injury ... were rescued from the scene and taken to local hospital", Sheriff Dean said. I can not believe that it's happened in my family. He said he had an army of friends and families on alert, making calls, and watching the news looking out for his son.

Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year-old sheriff's deputy, was the first officer to enter the bar and was shot and killed by the gunman.

After a lull of about 15 minutes, more officers went inside and found the suspected gunman dead of a gunshot wound.


Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Capt. Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office told reporters that the shooter was still "confined" inside the restaurant and that there was no longer an immediate threat to residents in the area.

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He said he and others smashed their way out of the bar onto a balcony and then jumped down to safety.

TV footage showed SWAT teams surrounding the bar, with distraught revelers milling around and using their mobile phones as lights from police cars flashed.

"I saw somebody on the floor as I was running to the front door to get out", he said.

"What I'm scared of is Cody went towards the action and not away from the action", he said.

Kuredjian said it has been "quite some time" since there was a shooting of any kind in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 40 miles (64 kilometres) west of Los Angeles, just across the county line.

When the shots started, some people smashed windows with chairs to escape, witnesses told CNN. Sergeant Helus was shot and severely wounded.

Simmons said she heard the man firing "18 to 20 rounds at a time".

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