Lake Elsinore man, 42, is accused of shooting and killing Riverside County deputy

Riverside County sheriff’s officials Saturday identified the suspect who shot and killed a deputy Friday afternoon in Lakeland Village as Jesse Navarro, 42, of Lake Elsinore.

Navarro was still in a hospital in critical condition, officials said.

Deputy Darnell Calhoun responded about 4:20 p.m. Friday to the 18000 block of Hilldale Lane on a report of unknown trouble. As Calhoun approached the home, authorities say, Navarro shot him.

A second deputy arrived and engaged in a gun battle with Navarro, critically wounding him.

Calhoun, 30, was rushed to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, but died of his injuries. He was the second deputy to die in the line of duty in 16 days after the department went nearly two decades without an on-duty death.

Residents of Hilldale Lane, where Calhoun was gunned down, said they sometimes heard Navarro and his wife arguing loudly.

Navarro, his wife and their children were out in the street and the children appeared to be in distress around the time the deputies arrived, the residents said. They declined to be named out of fear for their safety.

One resident said his son witnessed the shooting. He said Navarro shot Calhoun, got in his white truck, got out and again shot the deputy, who fell on the sidewalk between some bushes and palm trees.

Navarro got back in his truck but when the second deputy arrived, he got out and fired at that deputy, according to the resident’s account. That’s when Navarro was shot.

Residents said Navarro has lived on the street for several years. One said he believes Navarro works in construction. They would talk about things that neighbors typically discuss.

None said they had any reason to fear Navarro.

No one at Navarro’s home answered the door Saturday.

Calhoun and his wife were expecting a child, Sheriff Chad Bianco said at a Friday night news conference. Social media posts and photos show Calhoun with two young sons.

He joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in February 2022 and was assigned to the Lake Elsinore Station after working with the San Diego Police Department for two years.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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