A law enforcement official says the gun used in the seemingly random slaying of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent.
The official who was briefed on the matter says a police check of the weapon’s serial number shows it belonged to a federal agent. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The official declined to elaborate further.
Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez pleaded not guilty Tuesday 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.
Authorities say Sanchez is in the United States illegally and has been deported five times.
San Francisco officials released him from jail in April, ignoring an Immigration and Customs Enforcement request to detain him so deportation proceedings could begin.