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Candlelight vigil held for sheriff’s deputy killed in line of duty in Riverside County, California


A candlelight vigil was held Tuesday night for a Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of the duty last week in Lake Elsinore.  

Deputy Darnell Calhoun, 30, was shot and killed Jan. 13 while responding to a domestic violence call. 

Deputy Darnell Calhoun, killed in the line of duty Jan. 13, 2023.

Tuesday’s vigil for the slain deputy was held at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station.  

“I’ve seen the deputy around town quite a bit,” Lake Elsinore resident Angelo Blascovich told KTLA. “I always wave. I go on morning walks. I wave to him if I saw him. He was always friendly.”

Blascovich and his wife, Patricia, brought flowers to the growing memorial, for a man they never know, but who they still consider family.  

“Having been in law enforcement for over 30 years, yeah, it hits,” Blascovich said.  

“Once you’re in law enforcement, it’s a lot more…it’s law enforcement family, whether you know the person or not,” Patricia added.  

Next month would have been Calhoun’s year anniversary with the sheriff’s department. He previously served with the San Diego Police Department.  

Authorities said the shooting suspect, 42-year-old Jesse Navarro, who allegedly got into a gun battle with another deputy during the incident, was also shot and taken to the hospital in critical condition. He is expected to recover.  

It’s the second time a Riverside County Sherrif’s deputy was killed in the line of duty in the span of two weeks.  

Deputy Isaiah Corder was killed on Dec. 29, after conducting a traffic stop.  

As for Calhoun, a steady stream of flowers and notes decorate the front of his family’s Murrieta business.  

The deputy leaves behind two young boys and a wife, who is pregnant with their third son.  


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