Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Shot Dead Near Lake Elsinore

Authorities say that a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy was shot and murdered Friday near Lake Elsinore. This happened just 2 weeks after another deputy was killed while on duty.

At a news conference Friday night, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said that Deputy Darnell Calhoun, who was 30 years old, was killed when he went to a call about domestic violence and child custody.

“He has a wife. A son,” Bianco said his voice catching. “He would have been a dad.”

Bianco said that at 4:20 p.m., the sheriff’s dispatchers got a call about “unknown trouble” and heard voices in the background. Calhoun was the first person to reach the 18500 block of Hilldale Lane. This is a residential area in Lakeland Village, which is not a city.

Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Shot Dead Near Lake Elsinore
Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Shot Dead Near Lake Elsinore

Even though it wasn’t clear what happened next, the second deputy on the scene found Calhoun lying in the street with a wound. Bianco said that the deputy and the man got into a gunfight, and the deputy shot the man.

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Calhoun was taken to a hospital, where he was first listed as being in serious condition. Around 8 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department said that Calhoun had died.

Bianco said that the suspect was treated at the scene and then taken to the hospital, where his condition was terrible.

OnScene.TV video showed that there were a lot of police officers outside the Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar and that the ambulance loading area was blocked off with yellow tape.

The sheriff didn’t say anything else about the person under suspicion.

“Unfortunately, we live in a time when more and more people have no respect for other people,” Bianco said. “They have no respect for authority, and they have no respect for law enforcement. All too often, we have to deal with armed people who are willing to fight law enforcement in life-or-death gun battles over what seem to be small disagreements.”

Calhoun started his career in law enforcement in 2019 as a recruit with the San Diego Police Department. He left early last year to work for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He was sent to the station in Lake Elsinore.

In a statement, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said, “Deputy Calhoun served our San Diego and Riverside County communities with honor and selflessness. I want to extend my deepest condolences to Deputy Calhoun’s family and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office as our SDPD family and I mourn along side them.”

The shooting was shocking to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department because it happened just one week after the funeral of Deputy Isaiah Cordero, 32. Cordero was shot and killed by police in Jurupa Valley on December 29 during a traffic stop.

William Shea McKay, who killed Cordero, had a long and violent history of being in trouble with the law. He was killed in a shootout with police after a motorway chase.

Bianco said that Cordero was the first Riverside County deputy to die on the job since 2003.

Bianco said, “Unfortunately, I told Deputy Cordero that no one could say anything bad about him.” “Now I have to tell Deputy Calhoun,” he said.

“He was the happiest, upbeat, good, and clean man you could imagine. Now, a father, a mother, a wife, and us are trying to figure out why.” Bianco gave his mother a hug when Calhoun was sworn in last February, the sheriff said Friday night.

“I promised I’d take care of him,” he said, and then the news conference was over.

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