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Land agency: Agent’s gun may have been used in pier slaying

Francisco Sanchez, center, is lead out of the courtroom by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, right, and Assistant District Attorney Diana Garciaor, left, after his arraignment at the Hall of Justice on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in San Francisco. Prosecutors have charged the Mexican immigrant with murder in the waterfront shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is investigating whether an agent’s gun was used in the shooting death of a woman walking on a popular San Francisco pier.

BLM spokeswoman Dana Wilson said Wednesday that the agency is trying to determine who owned the gun and whether it was a personal or service weapon.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr says the weapon was stolen from a federal agent’s car.

Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, who has been deported to his native Mexico five times and is suspected of living in the United States illegally, told television news stations that he found the gun on the pier and that it accidentally fired.

He pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder charges in 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle’s death.

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