The gun used to kill a 32-year-old woman last week on San Francisco's waterfront was stolen from a federal agent in a car burglary in June, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The case has provoked a furor about the city’s “sanctuary” policy on dealing with immigrants. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was formally charged yesterday. He is suspected of being in the U.S. without documentation, and had been deported five times to his native Mexico.
The .40-caliber pistol was stolen from the agent not long before Kathryn Steinle was shot to death July 1. Other sources said the weapon was apparently not the agent's official gun. It was reported stolen in an auto burglary in the downtown area. Lopez-Sanchez entered a not guilty plea yesterday. He told a television interviewer that he had found the weapon wrapped in a T-shirt on the ground near a bench, and that it had accidentally fired when he touched it. He also said he had taken strong sleeping pills and his memory was murky, the Los Angeles Times reports.