California man's homicide by stolen police gun prompts claim

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The family of a man killed by a gun stolen from a San Francisco police officer has filed a legal claim with the city.

Abel Esquivel was killed during an August robbery in the city. Three men have been arrested and charged with murder. One of the suspects is an 18-year-old facing deportation and who was wearing a monitoring device so federal immigration authorities could track him.

Esquivel's family filed the wrongful death claim Wednesday. The claim is precursor to a lawsuit.

The gun was reported stolen from the officer's private car. The claim alleges that the police department failed to properly train the officer on proper gun storage.

Two separate lawsuits are pending in Northern California alleging that guns stolen from law enforcement officials were used in homicides.

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