"Today, I'm deeply saddened to inform you that Sgt. Helus was also struck by a sixth bullet, which we now know, through forensic analysis by the FBI's crime laboratory, was sacked from the CHP officer's rifle".
During the gunfight, Long shot Helus five times.
Officials said it has been determined that Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed in the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, sustained a shot to his heart by a fellow responding officer, as well as other gunshot wounds from rounds fired by the gunman.
A sheriff's deputy who died in a mass shooting at a Southern California bar was shot five times by a gunman who massacred 11 others, but the officer was killed by friendly fire, authorities said Friday.
Long, who wasn't hit by either officer's gunfire, fatally shot himself after the firefight.
Officials didn't have much else to update about the investigation on Friday, nothing more on the motive or the exact timeline of events - just the news that broke all their hearts, most of all that of the patrolman, who learned of the awful mistake for the first time on Thursday.
"I was struck by the compassion and empathy", the chief said. "It surprised all of us". He is on leave.
The casket of Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus arrives on stage for a memorial service on November 15 in Westlake Village, Calif.
Young noted that Helus was wearing a protective vest. The gunman's bullets hit Helus and "caused serious injuries but potentially survivable injuries", Christopher Young, the Ventura County chief medical examiner, said at the same news briefing. The sixth bullet that struck Helus in the heart was confirmed by Federal Bureau of Investigation analysis to be a rifle round fired by a CHP officer who went into the bar with Helus.
In all, 13 people died that night, including Long, who authorities said took his own life.
"The burden lies exclusively with him", Ayub said, "not those who tried to save lives, those who tried to escape and certainly not with those who died while simply trying to enjoy an evening with friends". "When we broke the news to our officers, without a script, literally the first words out of each of the officers were 'that poor officer, ' and the Helus family has reacted that way too".
He called the situation unavoidable.
Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub asserted this was a "dynamic and chaotic event" and Sgt. Helus was clearly not the intended target. "Sgt Helus and the CHP officer both knowingly and willingly went into what can only be described as a combat situation, risking their own lives to save others".
When Helus and the patrolman entered the bar, he said, they were attacked by Long.
Long threw smoke grenades into the bar, obstructing 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 fired.
In addition to the dead, 22 people were wounded, many with cuts from glass after jumping through broken windows to escape.
"We know that Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus and a CHP officer bravely entered the bar together, engaged the suspect who was lying in wait before officers arrived".