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Marine killed by O.C. sheriff’s deputy had 3 good-conduct medals

February 9, 2012 | 10:29 am

The Marine killed by an Orange County sheriff's deputy during a confrontation this week in San Clemente had received medals for his good conduct, the Marine Corps said.

The Marine Corps identified the victim as Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr., 31, a native of Joliet, Ill. He was assigned to a battalion at Camp Pendleton.

Loggins was fatally shot by the deputy at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in a parking lot near San Clemente High School, officials said. The circumstances of the shooting have not yet been explained publicly by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Loggins enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1998 and had received three good-conduct medals, a Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal and a Korean defense service medal, the Marine Corps said.

"Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton offers its condolences to the family and mourns the loss of this Marine," a base spokesman said.

The shooting is being investigated by the Orange County district attorney's office, which is standard procedure in deputy-involved shootings.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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