Ian David Long, 28, fatally shot 11 people inside Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, before turning the gun on himself
Chilling new video footage has revealed the moment a gunman ambushed police officers in the Thousand Oaks mass shooting, as one cop trips and falls while trying to flee before being fatally hit by ‘friendly fire’.
The Ventura County’s District Attorney’s office on Thursday released a report of the November 7, 2018 massacre at the Borderline Bar and Grill, where Ian David Long, 28, shot 11 dead before turning the gun on himself.
The report provides the most detailed timeline of the events yet, including video of the moments leading up to Sgt Ron Helus’s accidental death by another officer.
Helus, 54, was fatally shot in the heart by California highway patrolman Todd Barrett who had joined him in a firefight that night. The report found both officers acted lawfully when they fired their weapons.
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Chilling new video footage shows Long waiting in a back office of the bar and watching on video monitors as the officers arrive
Long (pictured) a Marine veteran, took a tactical position and lay in wait for the officers in the office of the restaurant
At one point, grainy footage shows Long from behind leaning over a counter at the bar’s entrance and shooting at the officers
The video footage offers a multi-angle view of the inside and outside of the restaurant as the events unfold.
Long can be seen dressed in black waiting in a back office of the bar and watching on video monitors as the officers arrive.
Sgt. Ron Helus (above) was accidentally shot dead by a fellow officer who had joined him in the firefight that night
As the officers enter and make their way past the dimly-lit front desk area, they are quickly ambushed by a hail of bullets, sending them fleeing.
At one point, grainy footage shows Long from behind leaning over a counter at the bar’s entrance and shooting at the officers.
Helus had returned Long’s fire from inside the dark and smoky bar and was moving back out the front door when his feet got tangled in a rope and he tumbled to the ground, the video shows.
Officer Barrett had already exited and was firing at Long, who was still inside, when one of the officer’s rounds hit Helus, who had gotten up again and was just outside the door. Helus was shot five times by Long.
But the medical examiner determined shortly after the incident that the sergeant was killed by a sixth bullet fired by Barrett that pierced his heart.
Long, a Marine veteran, took a tactical position and lay in wait for the officers, investigators said.
The detailed report provided visuals and video footage of the events that unfolded that night
Helus and Barrett are seen entering the venue from the front entry cameras
As he enters Helus shines his rifle light into the office where Long had been waiting to attack
The 28-year-old gunman, who wasn’t hit by either officer’s gunfire, fatally shot himself after the firefight.
Barrett ‘honestly and reasonably believed’ that he and Helus, along with another responding officer, highway patrol Officer Lidia Espinoza, faced imminent threat of death or great bodily injury when they responded to reports of gunfire at around 11.20pm that Wednesday, the report said.
Prosecutors concluded Barrett’s and Helus’ use of deadly force against Long was justified as a lawful act of self-defense and defense of others.
In addition, Barrett’s accidental shooting of Helus was justified and not criminal, the report found.
Helus was hit, but still managed to return fire while retreating, prosecutors said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
After gunfire rings out, Helus is hit but he still manages to return fire while retreating. He is seen falling to the ground as he exits the bar
Helus was shot five times by Long, but the medical examiner determined that the sergeant was killed by a sixth bullet fired by Barrett that pierced his heart
‘In an extraordinary act of heroism due to the active threat Long posed, Sergeant Helus and Officer Barrett entered the Borderline without knowledge of where Long was located, which afforded Long a substantial tactical advantage,’ prosecutors wrote.
‘It is a testament to his training, character, and valor that even though he had been shot in the heart, he found the strength and determination to continue to protect others and fight to the end,’ prosecutors wrote.
Long was also seen lighting and throwing one of several smoke grenades that he tossed into the club to obstruct what employees and patrons could see before he opened fire.
He used a flashlight with a laser sight attached to his .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol as he shot.
The video footage, complied by the Ventura County’s District Attorney’s Office offers a multi-angle view of the officers entering the restaurant as Long lies in wait inside the venue’s office
An annotated still of the footage shows the officers’ positions outside
Long started shooting at patrons and employees within seconds of arriving. Panicked revelers ran for the doors, dived under tables and piled on top of each other in an effort to dodge the gunfire.
Others ran for their lives through other exits or broke through windows and jumped out, injuring themselves in the flight.
According to the report, Long fired 61 rounds over about 20 minutes before killing himself. He had 129 rounds remaining.
The district attorney’s investigation is the first official report to be released on the shooting.
Still pending are the sheriff’s office review of the law enforcement response and homicide detectives’ in-depth investigation of the incident.
Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, was close to retirement when he was killed. He is survived by a wife and son.
Victims killed in Borderline Bar shooting in California
Cody Coffman’s father Jason confirmed his 22-year-old son was among the 11 dead victims.
The distraught father rushed to the bar after hearing news of the shooting and calls to his son’s cellphone went unanswered. Jason used a tracking app on his son’s phone and it indicated the device was still inside the venue.
He said he spoke to his son just before he went to the bar Wednesday night.
Ventura County Sheriff’s sergeant Ron Helus
‘The first thing I said was ‘Please don’t drink and drive.’ The last thing I said was ‘Son, I love you’,’ he said.
Cody had plans to go into the military and was speaking with U.S. Army recruiters.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus
Ventura County Sheriff’s sergeant Ron Helus, 54, was first on the scene of the shooting on Wednesday night.
Helus was shot multiple times as he and a California Highway Patrol officer exchanged fire with the gunman inside the bar.
He was a 29-year veteran of the department. He was speaking to his wife Karen when he received the call about a mass shooting.
The last thing he said to her was: ‘Hon, I got to go, I love you. I gotta go on a call’.
Alaina, the niece of actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley, also died in the shooting.
Her suitemate at Pepperdine University had earlier posted photos on Twitter saying that the freshman was missing.
Alaina’s Apple Watch and iPhone appeared to still show her location as inside the bar. She was at the bar with several friends who have all been accounted for.
‘My heart breaks. I’m still in disbelief,’ Mowry-Housley wrote in a tribute to her niece on Instagram.
‘It’s not fair how you were taken and how soon you were taken from us. I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart. I will miss our inside jokes, us serenading at the piano.
‘Thank you for being patient with me learning how to braid your hair, and I will never forget our duet singing the national anthem at Napa’s soccer game.
‘I love you. I love you. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel.’
Justin Meek was identified as one of the slain victims by his family and his former college.
The 23-year-old, who was a recent graduate of California Lutheran University, worked at the Borderline Bar and organized the college night event.
Meek is believed to have heroically saved lives as the shooting unfolded, according to university president Chris Kimball.
During college, he worked in the school’s veteran resource office and often worked with the Veterans Club to plan events and help veteran students.
Meek also loved singing in choir and took part in the school’s Kingsmen Quartet.
He planned to join the US Coast Guard.
‘Justin was a criminal justice and criminology major who had a passion for doing what was right,’ Jenn Zimmerman, Cal Lutheran’s veterans coordinator, said in a statement.
‘I’m not shocked he took action to protect the people at Borderline.’
Sean Adler, 48, was working as a bouncer at the Borderline Bar & Grill when he was killed.
He was a wrestling coach who had only recently opened a coffee shop in the local area.
Noel Sparks, a 21-year-old student at Moorpark College, was also confirmed dead. The United Methodist Church in Westlake Village, of which she was a member, posted condolences to her parents on Facebook.
Sparks’ friends had been in tears throughout the day as they desperately searched for her in the aftermath of the shooting.
Blake Dingman, 21, was identified by his girlfriend as a victim of the mass shooting.
‘My sweet Blake… my heart is hurting more than words can say. I cannot believe you’re gone. I am so grateful for our little infinity and all of our deep talks, cuddles, late nights, and adventures,’ she wrote in a tribute.
‘I am so incredibly grateful for every moment we spent together. God brought us together for a reason and I will hold our memories in my heart forever. I love you with all of my heart my sweet boy and my angel.’
Blake Dingman (left) and Telemachus Orfanos (right)
Borderline employee Telemachus Orfanos was also among those confirmed dead.
Orfanos was an Eagle Scout who served in the Navy. Friends said that he was a survivor of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting massacre in Las Vegas last year, in which 58 died.
Survivors of the Las Vegas shooting regularly gathered in the Borderline bar for country music night as a way of offering mutual support and healing.
Orfanos’ social media indicates he attended the local Thousand Oaks High School and Moorepark College.
Kristina Kaylee Morisette
Morisette worked as the cashier at Borderline Bar and Grill. Family members confirmed that she died in the shooting.
She attended Simi Valley High School.
Kristina Kaylee Morisette
Manrique, 33, was a Marine veteran.
‘He had spent his entire adult life, post military service, helping veterans readjust to civilian life and had just recently accepted a position with Team RWB as the Pacific Regional Program Manager,’ family member Gladys Manrique Koscak wrote in a tribute on Facebook.
‘I have no doubt that he died a hero, shielding others from gunshots. He will forever be our hero, son, brother, and the best uncle anybody could ever ask for,’ she said.
Jake was among the missing for hours.
His distraught father kept calling his cell phone after learning about the shooting and grew increasingly concerned when there was no answer.
‘It just keeps ringing out. And he always answers his phone,’ he said on Thursday.
He is thought to have been at the bar with Dingman, who was his friend.
Jake Dunham and Marky Meza Jr.
Marky Meza Jr.
Marky, 20, worked at Borderline as a bus boy and food runner. He grew up in Santa Barbara.
‘Marky was a loving and wonderful young man who was full of life and ambition.
‘His family is devastated by his loss. Marky would have turned 21 on November 19.
‘His family asks for peace and respect at this time to allow them to grieve privately,’ they said in a statement.