Riverside County deputy dies after shooting in Lake Elsinore

A deputy in Riverside County has died after being shot Friday.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 18500 block of Hilldale Lane in Lake Elsinore. The deputy, later identified as 30-year-old Darnell Calhoun, was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

One person was taken into custody after the shooting, the RSO said.

According to Sheriff Chad Bianco, Calhoun responded to a child custody call around 4:20 a.m. After Calhoun arrived on scene, a shooting ensued, ultimately killing the deputy.

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Officials did not say what exactly led to the shooting.

Calhoun joined the department in February 2022 after serving with the San Diego Police Department, Bianco said. Bianco said Calhoun was a husband, a son and a father-to-be.

“Not one guy with one negative to say about him,” Bianco said of Calhoun. “He was the best, healthiest man you could ever imagine.”

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Darnell Calhoun, right, next to Sheriff Chad Bianco.  Photo: Riverside County Sheriff's Office.

Darnell Calhoun, right, next to Sheriff Chad Bianco. Photo: Riverside County Sheriff’s Office.

After news of Calhoun’s death was announced, law-enforcement departments in Southern California expressed their condolences:

Los Angeles Police Department

Orange County Sheriff’s Office

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office

San Diego Police Department (Calhoun’s former department)

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office

Late Friday night, a procession was held to honor a deputy killed in the line of duty:

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The violent incident comes just weeks after another Riverside County deputy was shot and killed by a suspect in Jurupa Valley. On the afternoon of December 29, Deputy Isaiah Cordero was killed while attempting a traffic stop. The suspect who fired the shots, 44-year-old William Shay McKay, was chased down and killed.

Related: Remembering Isaiah Cordero: Slain deputy laid to rest


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