A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Friday near Lake Elsinore, just two weeks after another deputy was fatally shot while on duty, authorities said.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of Deputy Darnell Calhoun who was killed in the line of duty this afternoon,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said in a tweet shortly before 8 p.m.
Few details about the shooting were immediately available.
The department wrote on Twitter just after 5 p.m. that a shooting investigation was underway in the 18500 block of Hilldale Lane, a residential area in the unincorporated community of Lakeland Village. Crews responded to the scene for a medical call around 4:35 p.m., according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Calhoun was taken to a hospital, and a suspect was taken into custody, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.
Video from OnScene.TV showed a heavy law enforcement presence outside Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, with the hospital’s ambulance loading area cordoned off by yellow tape.
On Dec. 29, Riverside County Deputy Isaiah Cordero, 32, was fatally shot during a traffic stop in 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.
Times staff writer Christian Martinez contributed to this report.