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Dead Including Sheriff's Sergeant and Suspect in Shooting in Southern California Bar

Dead Including Sheriff's Sergeant and Suspect in Shooting in Southern California Bar

UPDATE A police officer was among 13 dead, including the gunman, at a shooting in a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

A procession for slain deputy Sgt. Ron Helus is being planned for 1 p.m. ET, Capt. Garo Kuredjian, spokesperson of Ventura County Sheriff's Office, tells CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS.

He died at a hospital early on Thursday but authorities did not say how the gunman died.

Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow did not say how the gunman died. The sheriff's department and the wider community are mourning the "hero" officer today, who was one of the 12 people killed in the mass shooting in Southern California. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep. Sergeant Helus immediately made entry into the bar and confronted the shooter.

Thousand Oaks is located in Ventura County, about 65km from downtown Los Angeles.

Sheriff Dean said the suspect is still unknown and an investigation is ongoing.

Hanson said the sheriff's deputy who arrived took his information, but he never learned more about what happened and hadn't spoken to Long since then.

Officers escorted large groups of people to safety as they left the area.

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Authorities confirmed the suspect, whose identity has not yet been released, was dead at the scene. "He went in to save lives, to save other people".

The FBI are now at the scene of the shooting and the bomb squad has been requested. And then one of the guys who was there started throwing tables out the window and they picked us up and they threw me and my girlfriend out the window.

"We knew he was going there, to know he may not come home is another thing", Jason Coffman told the station.

Another witness said there was numerous shots fired inside the bar.

Cole Knapp, a freshman at Moorpark, said he was inside the bar when the shooting began, but thought at first that it was "just someone with an M-80, just kind of playing a prank". I saw him point to the back of the cash register, and he just kept firing. He said he had friends who hadn't been accounted for.

Kuredjian and others described Thousand Oaks as a usually placid place.

"It was really, really really shocking", Whitler told KABC-TV as she stood with her father in the Borderline parking lot.

"Sergeant [Ron Helus] was on the force for 29 years, was looking to retire in the next year or so and has survived by his wife and son", Sheriff Dean said.