SAN DIEGO–Ingacio Canela, 31, the suspect accused of shooting and wounding a San Diego police officer, has been charged with five felonies, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis says.
Multiple charges include premeditated attempted murder of a peace officer, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, evading an officer with reckless driving and receiving stolen property in connection with a shooting that wounded a San Diego police officer and shut down two interstates last week. The District Attorney also alleged that Canela personally used a firearm and inflicted great bodily injury upon the officer and that he committed the crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang. He faces 40 years to life if convicted of all the charges.
“Criminals who assault peace officers are a threat not only to the officer, but also to the safety of the entire community and to the foundation of the criminal justice system,” District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said. “Police officers put their lives on the line every day and this case highlights the dangers they face. Our thoughts are with Officer Tim Bell and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
Canela was arraigned in San Diego Superior Court today and pleaded not guilty. Bail was set at $1.6 million, which includes $100,000 for a previous drug case for which he failed to appear in court.
On October 24, San Diego Police officers were trying to contact Canela to arrest him on outstanding felony warrants when he led them on a high speed chase through City Heights. When Canela drove into a dead end driveway, he fled from the car and ran into a canyon. SDPD Officer Timothy Bell and other officers pursued Canela into the canyon. Canela ran into a drainage tunnel and Officer Bell followed. A violent struggle ensued which resulted in the defendant shooting Officer Bell once in the chest, once in the left arm and twice in the leg and buttocks area.
The defendant escaped and was later found in a backyard. A stolen semi-automatic firearm was discarded in a nearby backyard. Officer Bell is expected to make a full recovery.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for November 8.