The gun used in what is thought to be a random slaying of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said Tuesday, (AP).
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity about the case, said a police check of the weapon’s serial number shows it belonged to a federal agent. The official declined to elaborate further.
The gun is a semi-automatic gun which divers found the day after the shooting in the waters off Pier 14.
Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in last week’s shooting. Sanchez told two television stations he found the gun wrapped in a shirt on the pier, and the gun went off unintentionally.
Sanchez is in the United States illegally and has been deported five times.
San Francisco officials released the Mexican national from jail in April, ignoring an Immigration and Customs Enforcement request to detain him so deportation proceedings could begin.
Kathryn Steinle, 32, was gunned down along the San Francisco waterfront on July 1.
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