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Procession for deputy killed in Calif. mass shooting

Firefighters, law enforcement and members of the public watch as the hearse carrying the body of Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus, the first victim named in the mass shooting at a country bar in Thousand Oaks, California, in transported in a procession November 8, 2018. - The gunman who killed 12 people in a crowded California country music bar has been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former Marine, the local sheriff said Thursday. The suspect, who was armed with a .45-caliber handgun, was found deceased at the Borderline Bar and Grill, the scene of the shooting in the city of Thousand Oaks northwest of downtown Los Angeles. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
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Firefighters, law enforcement and members of the public watched as the hearse carrying the body of Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus is transported in a procession.

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Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The body of a veteran sheriff’s sergeant fatally shot while responding to a Southern California mass shooting is being taken in a procession from a hospital to a coroner’s office.

A law enforcement motorcade is providing an escort Thursday as the body of Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus is driven about 25 miles from a hospital in Thousand Oaks to a coroner’s facility in the city of Ventura.

Firefighters are honoring Helus with a giant U.S. flag raised by two ladder trucks over the route. People are lining streets as the hearse passes.

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Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says Helus was shot several times in an exchange of gunfire with a man who attacked the Borderline Bar and Grill late Wednesday during a country music dance night popular with college students.

Eleven other people were killed and the gunman is believed to have taken his own life.

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - NOVEMBER 08: People hug after praying before the procession carrying the body of Ventura County Sheriffs Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed in a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill, leaves Los Robles Hospital on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. Twelve people were killed, including the sergeant and the gunman, after a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday night. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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People hugged after praying before the procession carrying the body of Ventura County Sheriffs Sgt. Ron Helus.