“We’re making entry”: Listen to police encounter Thousand Oaks nightclub shooter

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THOUSAND OAKS — About five minutes after Ventura County sheriff deputies were dispatched to Borderline Bar & Grill for an active shooter, one officer alerted dispatch he was making entry with CHP assistance.

“One subject advised she didn’t see (the shooter) come out,” the officer told dispatch, according to hours of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office radio traffic reviewed by the Bay Area News Group. “We’re making entry.”

Over the next minute, there are reports from an officer inside the bar saying “multiple people are down” and “at least five down inside,” according to the radio traffic archived by Broadcastify. It’s not clear from the radio traffic if the officer announcing entry is Sgt. Ron Helus, who the Ventura sheriff announced had been killed by gunfire in the incident after confronting the shooter.

A dozen people were killed late Wednesday night by the gunman, identified by Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran who was armed with a single Glock 21 handgun with an illegal extended magazine. The country dance bar was holding its weekly “college night” when the gunman entered around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday.

A dispatcher first sent deputies to the bar for someone hearing gunshots inside the establishment and “one person advising there’s a person inside shooting.” More and more callers alerted dispatch to the shooting with one dispatcher warning officers the “subject is at the front shooting at everybody.”

As officers responded to the scene, they talk about bringing rifles.

After the one officer alerted dispatch he was making entry, a few minutes later, at about 11:27 a.m., an officer reported “multiple shots being fired in the back northwest area.”

Meanwhile, dispatchers talked with survivors in bathrooms and 10 people in the bar’s attic, according to the audio. Other bloodied survivors sought safety at a nearby gas station and pub, according to dispatchers.

At about 11:43 p.m., about 19 minutes after an officer announced they were making entry, radio traffic indicated that an officer is “down and unresponsive at the south entrance.” Four minutes later an officer reported they were evacuating that injured officer to the west parking lot.

Around 11:52 p.m., a breathless officer reported to dispatch that he spotted a subject matching the description of the gunman with “three gunshot wounds to the chest and he’s down.”

About 15 minutes later, a team of officers entered the bar and at about 12:20 a.m. one reported there were no victims alive inside, however a second officer said there was one alive. In the ensuing minutes, dispatches alerted those officers of a bartender and others hiding in the attic crawlspace, along with seven people hiding in a bathroom.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


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