A Southern California sheriff’s deputy died after being shot Friday, just two weeks after another deputy was killed in the line of duty.
Darnell Calhoun, 30, was fatally shot in the town of Lake Elsinore, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter. The deputy was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
The suspect, whose identity has yet to be revealed, was also taken to the same hospital after being seriously injured by another deputy who arrived on the scene shortly after Calhoun was shot.
The suspect is currently in custody, authorities said.
Sheriff Chad Bianco told a news conference that around 4:30 p.m. local time, envoys were dispatched to the 18500 Hilldale Lane block over possible domestic violence and a child custody dispute.
He said Calhoun was the first to arrive at the scene.
The sheriff added that it was unclear what happened because when the second deputy arrived, Calhoun was found injured in the street. This was followed by an exchange of gunfire between the second deputy and the suspect, who was eventually shot dead.
Calhoun was rushed to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar for surgery in “serious condition”, but officials confirmed his death just before 8 p.m.
“He was the happiest, most positive, most perfect, healthiest human being imaginable,” added Bianco.
Calhoun began his law enforcement career in the city of San Diego before moving to Riverside County last February. He was assigned to Lake Elsinore, located about 55 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
“We are devastated to learn that Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Darnell Calhoun was killed in the line of duty tonight protecting Lake Elsinore. We too are mourning with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department,” the San Diego Police Department wrote on Facebook.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Calhoun family, friends and associates who served Calhoun’s deputy in San Diego and Riverside County.”
Friday’s shooting comes as the department is shaken by the death of Deputy Isaiah Cordero, 32, who was fatally shot Dec. 29 during a traffic stop in the town of Jurupa Valley, east of Los Angeles.
Cordero stopped the pickup and the driver, 44-year-old William Shae McKay, shot the deputy as he approached the vehicle.