More than a thousand people attended a candlelight vigil Tuesday night for a Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty last week in Lake Elsinore.
Deputy Darnell Calhoun, 30, was shot and killed on Jan. 13 while responding to a domestic violence call.
Tuesday’s vigil for the slain deputy was held at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station.
“Darnel was that kind of man who came to work to protect people,” Sheriff Chad Bianco said, adding that Calhoun was a selfless leader.
Next month would have been Calhoun’s one-year anniversary with the sheriff’s department. He previously served with the San Diego Police Department for two years.
“For someone that has a great heart and has always given back, it’s sad for someone to lose their life…in a senseless incident that happened like this,” family friend Veronica Griffin said.
Authorities said the shooting suspect, 42-year-old Jesse Navarro, who allegedly got into a gun battle with another deputy during the incident, was also shot and taken to the hospital in critical condition. He is expected to recover.
It’s the second time a Riverside County Sherrif’s deputy was killed in the line of duty in the span of two weeks.
Deputy Isaiah Cordero was killed on Dec. 29, after conducting a traffic stop.
“One deputy life is too much, but two in two weeks is not okay,” Lake Elsinore Mayor Natasha Johnson said. “I just want to remind our community this is not the way we look at law enforcement and we’re going to rally and be okay.”
As for Calhoun, a steady stream of flowers and notes decorate the front of his family’s Murrieta business.
The deputy leaves behind two young boys and a wife, who is pregnant with their third son.