SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco police refute the report that claims they did not assign an investigator to probe the theft of a gun from a federal agent’s car until after a woman on Pier 14 was shot and killed with the weapon.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Police Chief Greg Suhr said the June 27 break-in of a car belonging to a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger had not been assigned to an inspector by the time 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was killed along the waterfront on July 1.
However, police spokesman Carlos Manfredi told KPIX and KCBS that they did do a thorough initial investigation.
After talking to witnesses and checking the scene for surveillance video, Manfredi said they decided not to send a Crime Scene Investigation unit or assign the case to the investigator.
Earlier this week, Suhr issued a routine department-wide bulletin reminding officers of the policy for identifying “cases that require an immediate investigation,” which Manfredi insists had nothing to do with the Pier 14 case.
Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has been charged with Steinle’s murder.
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