A 24-year-old man hospitalized Monday for gunshot wounds sustained by Anaheim police was shot by Santa Ana police in May 2013.

Petrica Muntean was shot by Santa Ana police on May 14, 2013.

Muntean’s encounter with Santa Ana police stemmed from the theft of a woman’s car in Anaheim, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, which cleared the Santa Ana officers of any wrongdoing.

When police received a signal from the stolen car guiding investigators to the vehicle they found Muntean behind the wheel. He refused to get out of the car and took off, leading police on a chase that ended when he lost control of the stolen Toyota Camry and crashed, prosecutors said.

Muntean refused to show his hands and surrender to police despite repeated warnings, prompting officers to fire on the vehicle he refused to exit, prosecutors said. Eventually, Muntean emerged from the vehicle and surrendered.

Muntean sustained a gunshot wound to the wrist. He tested positive at a hospital for marijuana and amphetamine.

At the time of the District Attorney’s Office report on that officer-involved shooting, prosecutors said Muntean had a prior criminal history dating back to 2008 that included burglary, possession of a dangerous weapon and grand theft vehicle.

Muntean pleaded guilty to fleeing police and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

The most recent officer-involved shooting was reported about 7:10 a.m. Friday in the 100 block of South Seneca Circle, according to the Anaheim Police Department. Officers who had gone to the neighborhood on an unrelated investigation recognized Muntean from a call they received Thursday night regarding a domestic disturbance, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt.

About 8:30 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a disturbance between a woman and her adult son in the area of Lombard Drive and Brewster Avenue, Wyatt said. Officers saw Muntean flee on foot then stop about 25 to 30 yards away and place a handgun under his chin, Wyatt said.

Officers took cover and ordered Muntean to stop, but he ran away and eluded officers during a perimeter search, police said.

When officers contacted Muntean Friday morning, he “exhibited similar behavior to the incident the prior evening,” Wyatt said.

Officers followed Muntean, gave him verbal commands to stop and utilized less than lethal munitions in an attempt to detain him, but Muntean continued to the 100 block of Seneca Circle, where an officer-involved shooting occurred, Wyatt said.

Muntean was struck by the gunfire and taken to a trauma center where he remains in critical condition, Wyatt said.

The officers involved were equipped with body worn cameras and the cameras were activated at the time of the shooting, according to Wyatt. A BB gun that resembled a firearm was recovered at the scene, he said.

No officers were injured.

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