The illegal alien who murdered a woman in San Francisco, who had also been deported 5 times before, got his gun from a federal agent.
A law-enforcement official says the weapon used in the shooting death of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent—the latest twist in a case that has become a flash point in the country’s debate over immigration.
The official, who had been briefed on the matter, said Tuesday that a check of the gun’s serial number shows it belonged to a federal agent.
The official—who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity—declined to elaborate.
The San Francisco Police Department, which is investigating the case, refused to comment on the disclosure.
The suspected gunman, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, has been deported to his native Mexico five times and is suspected of living in the U.S. illegally when Kathryn Steinle, 32, was gunned down last week while on an evening stroll with her father along San Francisco’s popular waterfront area.
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