Southern California lawmaker shot; the suspect is in custody

A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Friday afternoon in the southern California town of Lake Elsinore, authorities said. The suspect is in custody.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said the deputy, identified as Darnell Calhoun, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Calhoun later died from his injuries, the sheriff’s department said Friday night.

The circumstances of the shooting were unclear. No additional details were immediately available.

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

The suspect’s condition has not been confirmed.

Lake Elsinore is about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

It comes just weeks after another Riverside County sheriff’s deputy was also shot and killed in the performance of official duties. Deputy Isaiah Cordero, 32, was fatally shot Dec. 29 during a traffic stop in Jurupa Valley.

The suspect, 44-year-old William McKay, was shot dead later that day by officers after a dramatic police chase that crossed several freeways. McKay had an extensive criminal history with convictions for kidnapping, robbery and multiple assaults with a deadly weapon, Riverside Sheriff Chad Bianco said.

Southern California deputy shot, suspect in custody
Above the site where a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed in Lake Elsinore, California. January 13, 2022

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