Man Accused of Shooting Officer Has Criminal Record

Ignacio Canela, 31, is accused of shooting SDPD Officer Tim Bell during a pursuit in City Heights

A man accused of shooting and wounding an SDPD officer during a pursuit in City Heights is a wanted felon with an extensive criminal record, according to court documents.

Ignacio Canela, 31, was arrested Thursday for allegedly shooting and wounding SDPD Officer Tim Bell during a pursuit in City Heights.

Police say Canela fired seven shots towards the officer, and Officer Bell was struck four times. The officer survived his injuries and was released from the hospital on Friday.

According to police, Canela is a wanted felon and had warrants out for his arrest. Court documents obtained by NBC 7 show Canela has a lengthy criminal history in San Diego County dating back to at least 2003.

After spending a year in prison for possession of methamphetamine and assault with a deadly weapon, Canela was released in April 2013, according to documents.

On Friday, Chief Probation Officer Mack Jenkins told NBC 7 Canela "wasn't particularly cooperative" and that Canela had stopped reporting to the probation department in August.

Later that month, Canela was charged with two felonies for possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of cocaine. He was also charged with possession of narcotics paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools.

Documents indicate that he failed to appear at his hearing on those charges, so warrants were issued for his arrest.

According to Canela’s Facebook page, the San Diego resident is married and has a son that’s nearly 2 years old.

On Friday, SDPD Capt. Terry McManus said Canela is scheduled to appear in court Monday for his arraignment.

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