Homicide investigators with the Oakland Police Department today confirmed that the firearm used in the Sept. 29 fatal shooting of muralist Antonio Ramos had been stolen, and belonged to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.
“The firearm used in the murder of Antonio Ramos on September 29, 2015 was reported as property taken in a burglary,” OPD spokesperson Johnna Watson noted in a statement sent to reporters. “The stolen firearm is associated with the Federal Agency, Department of Homeland Security (ICE).”
In a separate statement, ICE confirmed that a firearm was stolen from an ICE agent’s vehicle in San Francisco on Sept. 13.
“A duty weapon belonging to an officer with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) was stolen Sept. 13 in San Francisco from a vehicle being used by the officer,” James Schwab, an ICE spokesman in San Francisco, wrote in an emailed statement to KQED News in response to questions about the stolen firearm used in the Ramos shooting.
“The theft was properly reported to local authorities and through official federal channels,” Schwab added. “The matter is currently under investigation by ICE's Office of Professional Responsibility.”