Lake Elsinore deputy shot: Jesse Navarro identification'd as suspect in killing of Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Darnell Calhoun - KABC-television

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (KABC) -- The suspect within the fatal taking pictures of a Riverside County sheriff's deputy near Lake Elsinore turned into identified Saturday as mournful tributes persevered to pour in for the slain legislations enforcement officer.

Deputy Darnell Calhoun, 30, who had joined the branch below a yr ago, was shot Friday while responding to a home violence and child custody call in Lakeland Village and later died at a medical institution.

The suspect, 42-yr-historical Lake Elsinore resident Jesse Navarro, became shot with the aid of one more responding deputy and hospitalized in important situation, based on the Riverside County Sheriff's branch.

Sheriff Chad Bianco announced Calhoun's demise Friday night during a news convention outdoor Inland Valley clinical core in Wildomar.

"I shouldn't be right here tonight having to do that again," Bianco mentioned. "i am devastated to inform of the lack of one other of our deputy sheriffs who changed into killed in the line of obligation these days."

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the following observation Saturday morning:

"Jennifer and i are heartbroken by the loss of Deputy Calhoun, a committed public servant who made the most appropriate sacrifice within the line of responsibility. Our concepts are with his family unit, pals and all these he served with at the Riverside County Sheriff's department, who're mourning the painful loss of a further deputy weeks ago. Deputy Calhoun died a hero and his bravery and selfless carrier will at all times be remembered."

The incident started shortly earlier than four:30 p.m. Friday, when a dispatcher took a name and "in the history she heard voices and it seemed like a war of words was taking place," Bianco mentioned.

Deputies were dispatched to the 18500 block of Hilldale Lane, within the unincorporated community of Lakeland Village, which borders the metropolis of Lake Elsinore. Calhoun changed into the first deputy at the scene, but "we're now not certain about the preliminary contact," the sheriff stated.

The 2d deputy to reach at the scene discovered Calhoun wounded on the street, in line with Bianco. "A gunfight ensued with the suspect, who turned into shot. The suspect turned into handled at the scene and transported to the health center."

"he is a husband, a son," Bianco spoke of of Calhoun, adding that the slain deputy's widow is pregnant.

chums say the couple had two sons and had been anticipating a third baby.

He observed nobody ever had a bad component to say about Calhoun, who joined the Sheriff's branch in February 2022 after spending two years with the San Diego Police department.

"He changed into all the time so superb," Bianco noted, including that Calhoun has a "stunning household."

"I be aware when he changed into sworn in," Bianco noted, in short overcome with emotion. "I hugged his mother and advised her i might deal with him."

Late Friday, a procession of law enforcement officers escorted Calhoun's body from Inland Valley clinical center to the coroner's office in Perris.

On Saturday, California lawyer normal Rob Bonta also offered his condolences.

"Deputy Darnell Calhoun represented the best of the California spirit -- retaining and serving the general public with valor," Bonta stated Saturday. "On behalf of the virtually 6,000 men and ladies of the California branch of Justice, I lengthen our deepest condolences to Deputy Calhoun*s family unit, colleagues, and the entire Riverside group. His carrier and sacrifice are not forgotten."

Funeral functions are pending.

In late December, one more Riverside County deputy, Isaiah Cordero, changed into shot and killed in an encounter with a felon who had an in depth crook checklist. The gunman in that incident changed into shot and killed through deputies after a chase.

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