[UPDATED with Memorial Today:] Manuel Levi Loggins Jr., Marine Sergeant Killed by Sheriff's Deputy Darren Sandberg

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R.I.P.: Sgt. Manny Loggins, Jr.
UPDATE, FEB. 24, 9:21 A.M.: A memorial for Sgt. Manuel "Manny" Levi Loggins Jr., the Marine shot to death by a sheriff's deputy, is scheduled this afternoon at Camp Pendleton.

However, the public and media are not invited to the service in the camp's chapel, at the request of the Loggins family, the Marines announced.

Financial help is being solicited for that family, which has a baby on the way. Send donations to: San Clemente Chamber of Commerce, c/o Sgt. Loggins Children's Memorial Fund, 1100 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672.

UPDATE, FEB. 22, 10:21 A.M.: With a former U.S. Attorney releasing a report Tuesday night on the Fullerton Police slaying of Kelly Thomas in Fullerton, just as San Clemente residents demanded a federal investigation into an Orange County sheriff's deputy fatally shooting U.S. Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr., what hope is there for the rest of us between those north-south poles?

But first, a special message from San Clemente Mayor Jim Evert: Everyone just calm the heck down.

Da Mayor was reacting to resident Wayne Richardson's call for a federal probe of perceived excessive force by deputies who patrol San Clemente under a city contract. Another Evert constituent, Tim Brun, asked for an FBI investigation into the Feb. 7 incident that ended with Deputy Darren Sandberg fatally shooting Loggins in his SUV with his daughters in the back.

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Deputy Darren Sandberg
Richardson said the shooting and other incidents around town make it clear he believes the mayor, the City Council and city staff have no authority over the Sheriff's Department, which Richardson wants "fired" and replaced with a local force. San Clemente disbanded its police agency in 1993.

Evert and Sheriff's Lt. Paul D'Auria, San Clemente's chief of police services, countered it is too early for such talk, urging critics to await an Orange County District Attorney's office investigation of the shooting.

Meanwhile, with the town and mayor having rallied around Loggins' family with emotional and financial support, Richardson requested that a city park be named after the fallen Marine.

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ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 16, 2:30 P.M.: Camp Pendleton Marines are used to fighting enemies far, far away. But, acording to the camp's commanding officer, jarheads have one right in their own backyard: the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS).

The rift centers on dueling--and unusual--statements to the media this week from AOCDS president Tom Dominguez and the camp Col. Nicholas Marano concerning a Marine sergeant who was recently shot and killed by an Orange County sheriff's deputy.

As the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) revised accounts of what happened in the San Clemente High School parking lot around 4:40 a.m. on Feb. 7, friends and family members of fallen Sgt. Manuel "Manny" Levi Loggins, Jr. expressed shock, describing him as a solid dad, pal, citizen, Christian and, especially, Marine.

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Sheriff's Investigator Tom Dominguez (right) succeeded Sgt. Wayne Quint as AOCDS president.
Here are the basic facts: Loggins was driving his Chevy Yukon SUV with his daughters, ages 9 and 14, in the back seats. He was confronted by a sheriff's deputy and shot to death.

At first, the OCSD stated that Loggins was pulled over for a traffic violation and was shot outside the Yukon because the deputy feared for his life. The department later changed the account, saying the deputy watched Loggins crash through a school fence, get out of the SUV and walk away for about five minutes with the deputy in tow. Other deputies arrived to comfort the girls, but the Marine got back behind the wheel of the Yukon despite being ordered to stop. Loggins was shot while inside the vehicle because, the department now says, deputies feared for the lives of his daughters.

As with all officer-involved shootings, the Orange County District Attorney's office is investigating. And, generally, that would be it as far as public disclosures, with public officials going mum until prosecutors release their findings that nearly always clear cops of wrongdoing--or at least state there is no evidence proving such.

However, the changing OCSD accounts and glowing remarks about Loggins have fueled public mistrust, such as this a retired war veteran anonymously sent the Weekly

"This is what I would conclude after reading the conflicting explanations by the OC Sheriff in the early morning shooting of the marine sergeant at San Clemente High School: the department is attempting to give the killer deputy some cover by attempting to mitigate what is otherwise a bad shooting with a new version of events."

Perhaps with visions of another Kelly Thomas situation dancing in their heads, the AOCDS brass took the admittedly unusual step of releasing the following statement:

AOCDS issues statement on deputy-involved shooting

SANTA ANA, CA-February 14, 2012 -- The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs rarely weighs in on open investigations into deputy-involved shootings. However, we believe it is important to correct certain inaccuracies in the facts of a deputy-involved shooting on February 7, 2012 reported by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

On February, 7, 2012 at around 4:30 in the morning, Manuel Loggins Jr., 31, driving with his two daughters, 9 and 14, unseatbelted in the back seat of his GMC Yukon, plowed through a locked gate at San Clemente High School.

The force of the crash left sections of the gate embedded in the bottom of the Yukon and drew the attention of an on-duty sheriff's deputy who was in an adjacent parking lot writing reports. After coming to a stop, Loggins got out of the Yukon, ignored repeated orders from the uniformed deputy sheriff, and walked off into the dark, abandoning his two daughters left behind in the Yukon. The deputy began to follow Loggins on foot when he heard children's screams coming from the car. The deputy then returned to the Yukon, and found Loggins' two girls.

Loggins, now in a darkened part of the adjacent field, could be heard yelling irrational statements. The deputy radioed for immediate assistance, informing dispatchers of a hit-and-run accident and child endangerment situation. Additional Sheriff's personnel arrived and comforted the children in the back seat. Loggins' children told deputies their father had been acting oddly. A few minutes later, Loggins unexpectedly and quickly returned to his Yukon.

Deputies repeatedly ordered him to stop. Loggins did not stop, ignoring the deputies who now had their weapons drawn and got into the driver's side of the car despite multiple warnings. Deputies warned Loggins not to start the car. Loggins ignored these and repeated other warnings, started the Yukon and placed it in gear. It was then clear that Loggins was going to drive off and further endanger the children. As the Yukon began to move forward he was shot by the deputy next to the driver's window. The car was stopped, the children were removed and medical aid was rendered to Loggins, who did not survive.

"It is heartbreaking that Manuel Loggins created a situation that put his children in danger and ultimately cost him his life," said Tom Dominguez, president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs. "The Manuel Loggins described by his friends and loved ones in the media is not the Manuel Loggins encountered by our deputies the morning of February 7, nor as described by the children to the deputies at the scene before he returned to the Yukon. It is unfortunate that his actions put his own children into immediate danger and resulted in his death."

"The actions of our deputy clearly prevented serious harm from coming to Loggins' two children and anyone else on the road that morning," Dominguez said.

The deputy involved in the February 7, 2012 shooting served honorably for four years with the United States Marine Corps. He is a 15-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff's Department where he has twice been awarded the department's Medal for Lifesaving and the Medal of Courage.

AOCDS represents nearly 2,500 Orange County active and retired deputy sheriffs and district attorney investigators.

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Francesca Freeman
Francesca Freeman

I knew Mr. Loggins. He was a kind man, who worked full time AND was taking night classes to become a nurse. He took his daughters out to the school EVERY WEEK to jog with them because that was the only quality time he could get. That officer shot him with his 9 and 12 year old girls in the back seat watching. He needs to go jail for life racist prick. He only shot him because he got scared when a large 6ft + black man got out of the car and shot him dead. Now his daughters and 8 months pregnant wife are left with nothing. 

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Book Em Dano
Book Em Dano

Let me educate you on how Police complete their official reports folks. On serious matters such as this they all meet somewhere whether in the field or at the station and make sure all their stories or reported stories match exactly. Now keep in mind if we non sworn people would do this in a criminal matter we would be arrested for witness tampering but this is done every single day in all police departments among brother officers. They can't have official reports from various officers with different versions or accounts. So they sit down and go over what each officer intends to put in their report!!!

So forget what really happened or didn't happen its not reported that way. I for one am sick of the growing corruption in OC Law Enforcement and the OCDA. Its a weekly thing anymore where a different story arises

Rehuffaker
Rehuffaker

Who knew the OCSD hired the Billy Corgan away from the Smashing Pumpkins.

cg132
cg132

First off, Police investigating police will never end up uncovering the truth. It is a true fault in police work, investigations like those will ALWAYS be biased.Secondly, The cop was obvious a little pussy. I bet four grand that he came up that the daughters lives were in danger after he got in trouble. Cops are good thinkers of finding little loopholes to explain their behavior. I never heard a policeman say it was an accident. Something like that can always be made up after something happens for the individual to draw the attention away.Thirdly. The daughters were already in the car, If their life was in danger the father would have already killed them.

This man had integrity. Quick thinking cops are never the best cops.  IT WILL BE COVERED UP. IF there are no good witnesses.

Daniel Heredia
Daniel Heredia

I said it once before and I'll say it again. I'm fearful for my life & the life of my teen & adult sons if stopped, detained or arrested by the OCSD. There is no leadership! The streets are being patrolled & supervised by some Deputies that are overreacting and don't know how to deal with people in South Orange County. I know the job is difficult but, this shooting and the brutality complaints speak for the victims.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

the following is a much more argumentative thread on this incident from the San Clemente Patch...  There is a lot of ignorance on both sides. I really hope Mark Harmon with NCIS gets on this case!^comment intended to be humorous, We all know Harmon is serving NCIS back east! levity people

http://sanclemente.patch.com/a...

Montypolo19
Montypolo19

Sounds like the only the Loggins did wrong is drive while black. the guy should be fired and thrown in prison for what he did. this story is a hardcore tragedy that will get justice.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

The OCSD can fuck up anyone they want with impunity.   That assclown Haggerman is still on the force.

jackoo
jackoo

This is a joke, right??

FMJ
FMJ

Orange County Sheriff / Coroner  =  Sounds like a conflict of interest to me! 

Semper Fi, Sgt Loggins! 

909Jeff
909Jeff

But first, a special message from San Clemente MayorJim Evert: Everyone just calm the heck down.Hey Mr Mayor frankly you aint shit!

Where's Ken Calvert?  why doesnt someone go find the good congressman?

Katherine
Katherine

My family and I are so deeply upset over this!  Every day I am praying that the TRUTHwill come out and that there will be justice!  

jackoo
jackoo

 Katherine Get real!  If praying worked he would be alive.

TechTock
TechTock

Why hasn't FOX NEWS picked this up? They always report on the crazy public that deserves to be apprehended by authority but here is a service man clearly murdered by authority and not a peep. Screw birth control and politics. This is an outrage!

S4223
S4223

Whatever may have happened, but how necessary was it to SHOOT the father of the children who sat in the car from not even a distance? UNBELIEVABLE. Loggins has other children besides the two who witnessed this horrific incident.  Seeing as he already was a father, why couldn't less force be imposed before the deadliest one was used to KILL him? The ones that will suffer the most are all of his children in the future. I hope this officer gets a harsh sentencing regardless of his reasoning.

cbaser
cbaser

Totally unjustifiable reaction on the part of the deputy. You don't shoot unless someone's life is at IMMEDIATE risk and that was not the case.

iburris
iburris

Once again, it seems that some people here want to get their 15/minutes of fame by interacting with the press, I understand the need to do damage control, on sergeant Loggins behalf, but the clock is ticking, and I guarantee that if you let arrogance and false pride get in the way, by acting as if you have experience in these matters, and that, you know exactly what to do, youre going to wind up broken hearted, by the results of the Orange County District Attorneys office, Investigation! The key word here is (Transparency) I admire the Fund raisers, that is necessary, the heart felt dedications to the life of an obviously Excellent Marine, Husband, and father. But youre setting yourselves up to be extremely disappointed. By not contacting this mans family and giving them the advice in this... post. Pretty soon the Press is going to loose interest, The best way to preserve Sgt. Loggins memory is to implement proactive legal Justice!, the constitution club article, was a good article, but it will have no bearing on the Investigation, The friends of the Loggins family should brace themselves for the worst, usually Officer involved shootings, Investigated by the OC, DA's Office, are ruled in the favor of Law enforcement, hands down, if such a ruling is given, heres what you should do, 1- Immediately contact the (California Attorney Generals Office Miss Kamala Harris), and petition for an Independent Investigation, chances are, this may already be happening,2-retain a wrongful death attorney, contact the Cochran Firm. at 323-931-6200. theyre aggresive, and they will leave no stone unturned! ask for attorney Brian Dunn. And don't for get about Filing a complaint with the U.S. Dept of Justice, Civil rights division. Some one should call Michael Gennaco, or Stephen Connolly at-714-834-5445 at the (O. C. office of Independent review) to launch an Idependent Inquiry, all concern, should request a federal probe Inquest, He is waiting for the family or friends of the family to call, also seek an Independent Ortopsy, from a Nuetral Agency. Please dont let this incident get swept under the Orange County Rug, and to the friends of the family, and News media, keep in mind that this is a matter of public Interest, Remember that you or your loved one's could be the next victim! we should all be concerned about this horrible threat to Public safety!For the record, It should be mentioned, that by allowing, The Jason Alexander case to be simply swept under the rug, in some strange way we the Citizens of Orange County bare some responsibility for this horrible tragedy

delvio
delvio

question: If Loggins walked away from the vehicle onto the track field for 5 minutes and the kids could be heard "screaming" then why not remove the children from the car first? The field is about a 1 minute walk away from the car. That's far enough for the police to get the kids of the car. There really is something wrong with this whole situation.

Jd
Jd

THAT COP OR EXCOP NEEDS TO GO TO JAIL WHERE HE MIGHT BE SAFE>>> grossly incompetent SACK OF SHIT!!!!    RIP Sgt Loggins

Tim Utz
Tim Utz

Comment, The use of force continuum for law enforcement will never justify pulling the trigger of a gun at an unarmed citizen based on the events stated in this story. The officer had ample opportunity to use other options including a tazer on the driver instead of a bullet. A citizen having a bad day is no justification for an assassination, or any consideration of the trauma of a child having their parents brains splattered around them in the family vehicle. The first and priority of law enforcement engagement is retreat, position, then engage when a real threat exists.

Terry in GA
Terry in GA

My gut instinct on this whole situation is that there are too many unanswered questions to convict either the Sgt. or the OCSD officer.  While I certainly understand the grief that family and friends are suffering having lost a military hero.  My shared concerns of a lost hero prompted me to investigate further to get more information than the blatantly one-sided reports and comments from the report I first saw in the internet.

Each day I search for further reports and comments to fill in the blanks in my own mind.  Without the dash cam recordings from the first officer (also a military veteran and 15-year law enforcement officer hero) and his backup officers who responded to the call for assistance, we just simply can't know exactly what happened.  It is unfair to all involved (and innocent family and friends) to condemn either with the vitriol I've seen in news reports and comments on the internet.  PLEASE, to all concerned, show some respect until we can see/hear all the evidence before making comments to degrade and disparage the reputations of two heroes.  Try also to remember there are children (two who were apparently in the SUV and will have special needs NO MATTER the final ruling).  

Investigators -- HURRY with the information and evidence so everyone involved can begin to sort their grief and respect due to both men.  My prayers to all for the loss of our hero marine -- and my prayers to the hero law enforcement officer who has proven himself worthy of the benefit of doubt.  

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

WTF???

"Hero law enforcement officer"???

Terry: how dare you call the officer who brutally murdered this marine a hero.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

 Chris, notice the guy claims to be in GA, they have a totally different perception of heroes...

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

 Nope, I just like the name, (as well as an admirer of the genius Frank Zappa)

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Gotcha. Hey, are you Dweezle Zappa? If so, your dad rocked!

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

In the statement the union released they hung themselves. Three deputies on sight. They were already talking to the kids. He walked up. he walked fast but he walked. He got into the car and tried to drive off. Why didnt they take the kids out of the truck? Why didnt one of them tackle him or pepper spray or tazer or club? They seem to have fucked up by letting him get that far and then over reacting like a buncha fuckin bannana heads.

SugeAveryLemonade
SugeAveryLemonade

This man does NOT sound like a thug in ANY respect. Another innocent man gunned down by the OCPD I suspect. My prayers go out to his family and his daughters who had to witness this and will be living with this memory seared into their minds for the rest of their lives. This is so messed up.

Concerned for Kids
Concerned for Kids

Sgt. Logins Childrens' Memorial Fund, mail donations to the San Clemente Chamber of Commerct.

FMJ
FMJ

 Send donations to the same government who shot and killed their Father??? Send it to the Camp Pendleton Casualty Assistance Office. 

rudy
rudy

"On February, 7, 2012 at around 4:30 in the morning, Manuel Loggins Jr., 31, driving with his two daughters, 9 and 14, unseatbelted in the back seat of his GMC Yukon, plowed through a locked gate at San Clemente High School"  Strange that in the news video there is no visible damage to the car!!!!

Agshag
Agshag

Semper Fidelis my brother.

Bob
Bob

Armed with a bible, being black with 2 kids in South Orange County. Seems like a legit shooting.  Can't believe the community is not in an uproar. OC Sheriff needs a house cleaning.

Daniel Heredia
Daniel Heredia

4 to 5 Deputies and no one had a Taser. Hard to believe knowing that they love tasering "non complying" detainee's!

Thom Paine
Thom Paine

I find it very interesting that there are two different versions of what happened put out by the sheriff's department, and then a third version put out by the union boss, who is also an investigator with the sheriff's department. Three versions of the same incident, all three of them different. In addition, these three versions do not fit with the character of Sgt. Loggins. Decorated Marine, devout Christian and family man, picture perfect Marine, Big Brother volunteer, nursing home volunteer, non-confrontational, very respectful. This just doesn't sound like the man the sheriff's department and the union are describing. Something is clearly not right about this incident. I would very much like to see the dash cam video and/or the school's CCTV footage. A lot of questions would be answered then. At this stage, however, I doubt any of that video footage will be released.

http://independentrealist.weeb...

Chip Douglas
Chip Douglas

 Mr. Paine,

If you were a prosecutor and you had video of this incident, would you release it, run the risk if prejudicing the jury pool and in the event the deputy should be convicted, give him grounds for appeal and possibly overturning the conviction? I agree that is case smells. There is obviously much more to this case than is being reported. I know it's easy to jump to conclusions in cases like this. Everyone needs to remain calm and let the DA do his job without outside interference.

lburris
lburris

If you recall, the DA did his job with the  Jason Alexander case, The DA's office, in October of 2008, advised all who was concerned about the Jason Alexander case, to shut up, and  be Quiet! dont make any noise, and what happen was a total coverup.swept under the rug by the Orange Couty DA Bureaucracy. Mr Jason Alexander was a Black 20 year old, with no history of violence, no criminal record, and alstar High school athlete, and a Newly Wed, who's wife was with child. And he got no Justice!  

909Jeff
909Jeff

Because Chip 

The DA's track record has been less than stellar when it comes to prosecuting cops. The Fullerton cops are the first that Rackaukas has ever prosecuted for unnecessary use of force and he's been the DA for 14 years.  That being said generally I'm the first guy who gives the cops the benefit of the doubt but there have been some real trigger happy cops lately.  Not sure if you saw the kid get shot a few weeks ago in Monterrey park but one cop fires five shots at the kid and while he's on the way down another cop feels the need to put another 5 rounds in the him. Its getting a little out of hand.   

909Jeff
909Jeff

This is pretty effed up.... 

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