A Southern California sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed
Friday, the second such facility in two weeks, the Riverside County Sheriff’s
The sheriff’s department reported that the deputy,
identified as Darnell Calhoun, was rushed to the hospital in a serious
condition. Calhoun later died of his wounds, the department said on Twitter
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“We are devastated to announce the passing of Deputy
Darnell Calhoun who was killed in the line of duty this afternoon,” the
sheriff’s department wrote.
Who was Darnell Calhoun?
Darnell Calhoun started his service with the department as
a deputy sheriff on February 24, 2022, according to a press release. He worked
for the San Diego Police Department for two years before being hired by the
Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. He was assigned to the Lake Elsinore
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Calhoun leaves behind a pregnant wife. He was 30. The
community is still reeling from the December 29 killing of deputy Isaiah
Cordero during the traffic stop, Sheriff Chad Bianco said during a press
conference Friday night. Cordero’s was the first on-duty killing of a Riverside
deputy in 20 years, he added.
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Calhoun was answering to a domestic violence call related
to a child custody issue when he was killed. He was the first deputy at the scene.
A second deputy reached and found Calhoun lying in the street with gunshot
“There is not one person with one negative thing to say
about him. He was the most cheerful, the most positive, the most good,
wholesome man you could imagine,” the sheriff said.
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A shootout then occurred between the second deputy and the
suspect, who was shot and taken to a hospital where he was in critical
condition. The suspect’s name is William McKay. He is 44. He had an extensive
criminal history with convictions for kidnapping, robbery, and multiple
assaults with a deadly weapon, Bianco said.