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Deputy shot and killed in Lake Elsinore, California

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A Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy who was shot in Lake Elsinore on Friday has died from his injuries, authorities confirm.

The deputy has been identified as Darnell Calhoun, 30.

“We are devastated to announce the passing of Deputy Darnell Calhoun who was killed in the line of duty this afternoon,” said the sheriff’s department.

The shooting occurred shortly before 5 p.m. in the 18500 block of Hilldale Lane, a residential area.

“I shouldn’t be here tonight, having to do this again,” said Deputy Chad Bianco at a Friday night press conference. “I am devastated to tell of the loss of another one of our deputy sheriffs who was killed in the line of duty.”

Calhoun was responding to a call involving domestic violence and a child custody incident at the time, said Bianco.

During that initial call, deputies reported hearing voices in the background indicating a possible struggle.

Calhoun was the first to arrive at the scene. Authorities are still investigating the events between when Calhoun arrived and when he was shot.

As a second deputy arrived, they found Calhoun wounded on the street. A gunfight between the second deputy and the suspect ensued, Bianco said.

The suspect was shot and transported to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.

No further details on the suspect or the circumstances surrounding the deadly shooting were released.

Calhoun began his career in law enforcement with the San Diego police department where he worked for two years before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Lake Elsinore station in February 2022.

Calhoun was about to become a father, said Bianco. He is survived by his wife and family.

Sky5 aerial footage showed a heavy police presence in the neighborhood including a Bearcat armored vehicle.

Lake Elsinore is located approximately 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

The shooting comes two weeks after another Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy, Isaiah Cordero, was fatally shot during a traffic stop in Jurupa Valley. The gunman later died after a pursuit that culminated in a shootout with law enforcement.

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