At a news conference Thursday morning, Ventura Country Sheriff Geoff Dean said Long was found dead.
Teylor Whittler told "Fox & Friends" she was at the country bar celebrating a friend's 21st birthday when the shooting occurred. Helus was one of the first deputies to arrive on the scene and rushed into the bar to confront the gunman, officials said. "There was an exit right next to me, so I went through that".
"He said, 'Hon, I got to go, I love you".
Cody's father, Jeff Coffman, confirmed that his son had been killed in the shooting - "his name is Cody Coffman and he is my first born son", he told reporters.
His voice cracking, Dean described Helus as a friend. On his "about" page, Helus wrote that that he'd been a firearms instructor for more than 25 years, and had previously worked with the basic and advanced SWAT schools. Another witness said the gunman wielded what looked like a sub-machine gun.
"I tried to get as many people to cover as I could", Knapp said.
Numerous patrons were local students from nearby California Lutheran University, ages 19 to 25, attending "College Country Night".
"It was his dream to sing at Club 33 at Disneyland and that's never going to happen", Mr Duran said.
Silikula said she heard the sirens of emergency vehicles two or three minutes later, then received a call from her daughter warning her that there had been a shooting.
"We haven't heard back from everyone", she told CNN.
A gunman killed 12 people, including a sheriff's deputy, and injured multiple others when he opened fire at a busy bar during a college night. "I dropped to the floor", she said. He was a 29-year veteran of the department and was considering retiring this year.
"I've learned it doesn't matter what community you're in", Dean told reporters when asked if he was surprised this happened in Thousand Oaks.
Dean said police had previous run-ins with Long, including a call to his home where he was acting irrationally.
'Ron was a hardworking dedicated sheriff's sergeant.
Ventura County sheriff's spokesman Captain Garo Kuredjian said a procession was set for 10 a.m.to take Helus' body from Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks to the examiner's office in Ventura.
ORIGINAL 5:44 a.m.
A sheriff says at least 13 people are dead, including a sheriff's sergeant and the gunman, after a shooting inside a crowded Southern California bar on Thursday.
She said she was part of a group of line dancers that met at the bar for a college night every Wednesday.
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