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Gunfire still crackled at the Borderline Bar & Grill when Sgt. Ron Helus arrived. Emergency calls flooded 911 after a gunman entered the Thousand Oaks, Calif., bar on Wednesday night, and he methodically killed people on a dance floor scuffed by cowboy boots at college country night, witnesses later said. Within minutes, Helus, a veteran sergeant with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the calls along with a highway patrolman. They were prompted by their training that changed after the Columbine High School massacre: Don’t wait. Confront the shooter. “One subject advised she didn’t see him come out,” Helus told a dispatcher, according to audio obtained by The Mercury News. “We’re making entry.” Full story

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