An off-duty Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy was killed in a crash in Lake Elsinore while on his way home early Thursday, officials said.
Riverside County deputies responded to 25000 block of Railroad Canyon Road around 5:15 a.m. for a report of a single-vehicle crash. The sole occupant of the vehicle was identified as an off-duty Orange County sheriff’s deputy who sustained fatal injuries, officials said.
“Our greatest sorrow and condolences are for the member’s family and closest friends. During this time, we are collaborating with the Riverside Sheriff’s Department as we prepare to honor our fallen member,” OCSD officials said in a tweet.
The deputy was identified as Brian Haney, who worked patrol in San Juan Capistrano and served the Sheriff’s Department for six years.
He had previously worked at the Theo Lacy Facility and as a member of the Critical Incident Response Team, Sheriff Don Barnes said.
He had a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice and was a member of the Air Force Reserve as a senior airman.
He leaves behind a wife and a 1-month-old son, Cole.
“His brothers and sisters in our department described him as a quick learner, hard worker and team player. He was known for his infectious smile, humorous and timely wit and love for his peers,” Barnes said in a statement.
“Today, Orange County Deputy Brian Haney tragically lost his life on his way home from a shift of keeping San Juan Capistrano families safe. I’m grateful for his service, and my heart goes out to Deputy Haney’s loved ones. His young family will need our strong community support through the grief,” Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley said in a statement.
The crash remains under investigation, and anyone with additional information is asked to call Deputy S. Hadeen of the Lake Elsinore Station at 951-245-3300.