Sheriff's Dept. releases details in deputy-involved shooting in Vista

Deputy Carlos Canela shot Christopher Hannowsky

VISTA, Calif. -  

Authorities Friday released the names of a deputy and a probation violator involved in a confrontation and shooting that left the latter man dead in a neighborhood near Alta Vista High School.

Carlos Canela, a 12-year member of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, shot 31-year-old Christopher Lee Hannowsky during a scuffle in the 1300 block of Palomar Place in Vista on Wednesday afternoon, homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.

The deputy was patrolling in a marked cruiser at about 4:30 p.m. when he saw Hannowsky carrying what appeared to be a knife, according to Giannantonio.

Canela, who is assigned to a gang enforcement team, pulled over, got out of his squad car and approached Hannowsky, who allegedly was uncooperative and quickly became combative.

During an ensuing struggle, the suspect wrested away Canela's electric stun gun, prompting the deputy to pull his service pistol and open fire, according to Giannantonio.

Hannowsky was struck by at least one round and died at the scene. The object he had been carrying turned out to be a 10-inch file.

Canela, who suffered superficial injuries in the fight, has been placed on paid leave pending completion of investigations in the case, as is standard in cases of deputy-involved shootings, the lieutenant said.

In recent months, Hannowsky had been on probation stemming from a plea agreement he entered after being charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of grand theft in April, according to Steve Walker, a spokesman for the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

"It appears he violated the terms of his probation, and (his supervised release) was revoked," Walker said. "A revocation hearing was set for Aug. 30, (but) he failed to appear ... and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest."

In July, Hannowsky, an Escondido resident, was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was ordered to enter a substance-abuse "diversion" program, according to court records.

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