The family of a community volunteer killed by a gun stolen from a San Francisco police officer filed a legal claim with the city Wednesday, alleging the Police Department failed to provide proper training on gun storage.
Abel Esquivel, 22, was killed during a robbery Aug. 15 as he walked to his mother's house after working a late shift at a grocery store. He volunteered at the Central American Resource Center, which provides legal help to low-income Latino clients and other social services.
Three men were arrested and charged with murder, including an 18-year-old facing deportation who was wearing a monitoring device so federal immigration authorities could track him.
The family's claim was filed at City Hall and seeks unspecified damages. It alleges that SFPD Officer Marvin Cabuntala's loaded .38-caliber revolver -- his personal weapon -- was left unattended in a private car rather than stored in a lockbox in the trunk.
The gun reportedly went missing on Aug. 11, but wasn't missed until it was seized during the service of a search warrant on Aug. 18, according to the claim.