Gun stolen from po­lice of­fi­cer’s car used in killing

Porterville Recorder - - THE RECORD -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Of­fi­cials in San Fran­cisco say two 18-yearolds used a gun stolen from a po­lice of­fi­cer’s per­sonal car to kill a man last month.

The San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle re­ports that Erick Gar­cia Pineda and Daniel Cruz were both ar­rested this week on sus­pi­cion of killing Abel En­rique Esquivel Jr.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said Wed­nes­day that the two had stolen the gun three days ear­lier from the car of an of­fi­cer whose name was not re­leased.

The pres­i­dent of the po­lice union Martin Hal­lo­ran says the of­fi­cer is a dec­o­rated vet­eran who didn’t know the gun had been stolen un­til af­ter the killing, and was “dev­as­tated.”

Hand­guns stolen from law en­force­ment of­fi­cers’ cars have been used in high-pro­file Bay Area killings like the slay­ing of Kate Steinle on a San Fran­cisco pier in 2015 and the killing of 27-year-old Oak­land mu­ral­ist An­to­nio Ramos last year.

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