Pendleton brass refutes depiction of Marine killed by deputy
The commanding officer of Camp Pendleton said Thursday he is displeased at "incorrect and deeply hurtful" comments made about a Marine sergeant fatally shot by an Orange County sheriff's deputy.
"While I am confident they will do the right thing in the end, I am less than satisfied with the official response from the city of San Clemente and Orange County," Col. Nicholas Marano said in a written statement. "Many of the statements made concerning Manny Loggins' character over the past few days are incorrect and deeply hurtful to an already grieving family."
The union representing Orange County sheriffs deputies issued a statement this week claiming that Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins contributed to his own death Feb. 7. He was shot by a deputy in the parking lot of San Clemente High School after allegedly yelling "irrational statements," the union said.
Marano did not specify which comments he found incorrect. Nor did he mention the statement by the union.
Marano's statement comes in the wake of the Assn. of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs sending out a statement blaming Loggins.
When Loggins returned, he refused demands to get out of the vehicle and instead started to drive away, the association statement said.
Loggins was shot to prevent him from driving away and possibly hurting his daughters, the association statement said.
"It is unfortunate that his actions put his own children into immediate danger and resulted in his death," said Tom Dominguez, president of the association. "The actions of our deputy clearly prevented serious harm from coming to Loggins' two children and anyone else on the road that morning."
Dominguez's description of Loggins does not square with Marano's.
"Sgt. Manny Loggins was a loved and respected Marine," Marano said. "We have received an unprecedented amount of emails and phone calls this past week from current and former Marines who knew and loved Sgt. Loggins."
Loggins, 31, who enlisted in 1998, is survived by his wife and three children. His wife is pregnant with their fourth child.
Friends have explained that Loggins often took his daughters to San Clemente High to walk and discuss the Bible. He was not armed.
The shooting is being investigated by the Orange County district attorney. The name of the deputy who fired the fatal shot has not been released, though he has been described as a former Marine.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego