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    Stolen Gun in SF Pier Shooting Not Investigated: PD
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    Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez pleads not guilty to the shooting death of Kate Steinle on Pier 14 in San Francisco, while standing next to Asst. Public Defender Jeff Adachi (right) in court on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

    San Francisco police did not assign an investigator to probe the theft of a gun from a federal agent's car until after a woman on a city pier was shot and killed with the weapon.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday that Police Chief Greg Suhr says 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.

    The gun theft had been reported to police.
    Suhr declined to elaborate on why the case had not been followed up on by an investigator.

    Earlier this week, Suhr issued a department-wide bulletin reminding officers of the policy for identifying "cases that require an immediate investigation."

    Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has been charged with Steinle's murder.