A Southern California sheriff’s deputy died after being shot on Friday, just a fortnight 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 announced on Twitter. The MP was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The suspect, whose identity has not yet been released, was also taken to the same hospital after being seriously injured by another deputy who arrived at the scene shortly after Calhoun was shot.
The suspect is currently in custody, authorities said.
Sheriff Chad Bianco, at a press conference later in the day, said deputies were dispatched around 4:30 p.m. local time to the 18500 block of Hilldale Lane for a call related to possible domestic violence and a custody dispute.
Calhoun was the first to arrive on the scene, he said.
The sheriff added that it was unclear what happened because when the second deputy arrived, Calhoun was found injured in the street. There followed an exchange of gunfire between the second deputy and the suspect, who ended up being shot.
Calhoun was rushed to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar for surgery in “serious condition”, but authorities confirmed his death just before 8 p.m.
“He was the happiest, most positive, good and wholesome man you could imagine,” Mr Bianco added.
Calhoun began his law enforcement career with the city of San Diego before moving to Riverside County in February of last year. 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 Department Deputy Darnell Calhoun was killed in the line of duty tonight while protecting Lake Elsinore. We too mourn alongside the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department,” the San Diego Police Department wrote on Facebook.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Calhoun family, friends and colleagues who served with Deputy Calhoun in San Diego and Riverside County.”
Friday’s shooting comes as the department reels from the death of 32-year-old Deputy Isaiah Cordero, who was shot and killed Dec. 29 during a traffic stop in the eastern town of Jurupa Valley. from Los Angeles.
Cordero had stopped a van and the driver, William Shae McKay, 44, shot the deputy as he approached the vehicle.