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Riverside County Deputy Darnell Calhoun was shot and killed in Lake Elsinore on Jan. 13, 2022, according to the sheriff’s office. After a shootout, a suspect was shot and seriously wounded by police. Learn more about the suspect and who Jesse Navarro is in detail.
Deputy Darnell Calhoun’s Murder Case: Explained
Darnell Calhoun, 30, who recently joined the department, was the victim of the Lake Elsinore shooting.
Deputy Darnell Calhoun responded to a domestic violence and child custody call in the 18000 block of Hilldale Lane, in the unincorporated area of Lakeland Village, on January 13, 2023, at approximately 4:20 p.m.
As Deputy Calhoun approached the house, the suspect began shooting at him, leading to a deputy-involved shooting.
When a second assistant arrived, the suspect opened fire on him as well. The suspect ended up being wounded by the second deputy.
The sheriff’s deputy transported Deputy Calhoun to a nearby hospital after he sustained serious injuries. Deputy Calhoun was later pronounced dead.
Our hearts are broken to hear of the passing of @RSO Deputy Darnell Calhoun. We send our deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
— San Diego Sheriff (@SDSheriff) January 14, 2023
The suspect was also taken to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment for his injuries.
The suspect’s condition is critical. The lawmaker involved in the shooting will reportedly be placed on paid administrative leave.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Deputy Darnell Calhoun. On Friday, January 13, 2023, Deputy Darnell Calhoun made the ultimate sacrifice. The link is 👇🏻if you want to donate to the Calhoun family. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/qk4pF5aE3d
— Riverside Sheriffs Association (@RSA1943) January 14, 2023
Statement from Sheriff Chad Bianco at a press conference:
Sheriff Chad Bianco announced Calhoun’s death Friday night during a press conference outside Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar.
“I shouldn’t be here tonight and have to do this again,” Bianco said. “I am devastated to report the loss of another one of our deputy sheriffs who was killed in the line of duty today.”
“A shootout ensued with the suspect being shot. The suspect was treated at the scene and transported to a hospital,” according to Bianco.
Deputy Darnell Calhoun began his law enforcement career with the San Diego Police Department. He worked there for two years before moving to Riverside County less than a year ago. Calhoun was assigned to the station at Lake Elsinore.
Bianco said no one has ever had a bad thing to say about Calhoun, who joined the sheriff’s office in February 2022 after working for the San Diego Police Department for two years.
“He was always so positive,” Bianco said, adding that Calhoun had a “fantastic family.”
Bianco said: “I remember when he took the oath. I hugged his mother and told her I would take care of him.”
Late Friday, Calhoun’s body was taken by police from Inland Valley Medical Center to the medical examiner’s office in Perris.
The widow of Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Darnell Calhoun, center, walks behind his flag-draped body during his procession from Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. (Photo by Terry Pearson, The Press- Enterprise/SCNG) pic.twitter.com/DGMbOJqyCs
— TERRY PIERSON (@Fotogodterry) January 14, 2023
Deputy Darnell is survived by his wife and unborn child. Darnell is a native of Murrieta and the son of the owners of Calhoun’s Barbecue.
Who is Jesse Navarro?
The suspect who killed a Riverside Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputy has been identified. Authorities in Riverside have identified the suspect as Jesse Navarro.
At the hospital, Navarro is under police arrest. Lake Elsinore resident Jesse Navarro, 42, is in critical condition. The motive for the shooting is not yet known.
The man who killed a Riverside Calhoun County sheriff’s deputy has been identified.
He is Jesse Navarro, 42, a resident of Lake Elsinore.
— Ed Brophy (@BrophE) January 14, 2023
According to the department, investigations by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will assist an investigator with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office in conducting this investigation.
A Southern California deputy sheriff was shot and killed just two weeks after another deputy in the department was killed in the line of duty.
Riverside Country Police say this is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Prosecutor’s Investigator Mario Moreno at (951) 334-0407, firstname.lastname@example.org or Riverside County Sheriff’s Investigator Jared Bishop at 951-955-1700.
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