"We've been talking about that, no matter what happens, she'll be in the best place she can possibly be in", Lee said.
Kuredjian said the shooter no longer posed a threat to surrounding communities, but could not confirm if he was shot dead or captured.
Dean said his department had several previous contacts with Long, including a call to his home in April, when deputies found him angry and acting irrationally because of what authorities said might have been PTSD. The sheriff said officers were told he might have PTSD because of his military service. A mental health crisis team was called at the time and concluded that Long did not need to be taken into custody.
"Some of his girlfriends got out but they didn't know where Cody was, I'm sure he was there helping, shielding anybody that he could".
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Hanson described Long as an introvert and said he was "dumbfounded" by the massacre.
Witnesses told CNN the attacker had a large handgun, wore a black trench coat and glasses and threw smoke grenades inside bar.
"But unfortunately, you go into the unknown, you know there's shots being fired, obviously the suspect was in there and ready for him", he said. Helus was immediately shot repeatedly, Dean said. Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer were the first to arrive at the bar and went inside just before 11:30 p.m. PST (0730 GMT). Helus died early Thursday at a hospital.
As the entered, Sergeant Helus was struck multiple times with gunfire.
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Dean said the shooter was already dead when officers made entry.
In one such video, she interviewed Tim Dominguez, who recalled escaping the bar with his son as others lost their lives around them, including a responding sheriff's deputy.
"I saw the shots go off, although I didn't really see the guy", she said. Between eight and 15 people suffered minor injuries and one person was a gunshot wound, Dean said at the news conference.
"There were people hiding in restrooms, people hiding in attics", Dean said.
"Unfortunately our young people, people at nightclubs, have learned that this may happen, and they think about that". They went to the house, they talked to him.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean briefs reporters at the intersection of United States 101 freeway and the Moorpark Rad exit as police vehicles close off the area responding to a shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 8, 2018.
At Borderline Bar and Grill, a country-western dance bar that is a popular venue for college students, the night took a turn when a gunman entered and opened fire. "That's the stuff I'm truly going to miss", he said.
"It was just semi-automatic, as many shots as he could pull, and then when it started to reload that's when we got people out of there and I didn't look back".