The suspect accused of fatally shooting a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy responding to a domestic violence call Friday afternoon has been identified, authorities said.
Jesse Navarro, 42, of Lake Elsinore, is charged with shooting and killing Deputy Darnell Calhoun, 30, who was responding to the call in a child custody case, according to the County Sheriff’s Department. River side.
Navarro was shot by another deputy at the scene and taken to hospital, where he remains in critical condition, authorities said.
The incident began around 4:20 p.m. Friday when sheriff dispatchers received a call about an “unknown problem” in the 18500 block of Hilldale Lane, sheriff officials said.
Calhoun was the first responder on the scene. Details of what immediately happened next are unclear, but the second deputy at the scene found Calhoun injured in the street, officials said. A shootout between this deputy and the suspect ensued, and the deputy shot the suspect.
Calhoun was taken to the hospital and the sheriff’s department announced his death around 8 p.m.
Calhoun’s shooting death came just a week after Congressman Isaiah Cordero’s funeral. Cordero, 32, was shot and killed on December 29 during a traffic stop in the Jurupa Valley.
Cordero’s killer, William Shea McKay, who had a long and violent criminal history, died in a shootout with police after a freeway chase.
Cordero was the first Riverside County deputy killed in the line of duty since 2003.
Los Angeles Times