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O.C. sheriff urges patience in case of Marine killed by deputy

March 9, 2012 |  7:34 am

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens urged the public to be patient and wait for the results of the investigation into the death of Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins, who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in San Clemente last month.

The Sheriff's Department said Loggins had crashed through a gate at a San Clemente High School parking lot before dawn on Feb. 7, walked to a nearby athletic field and then ignored the deputy's orders not to restart the SUV he was driving.

At first, the department said Deputy Darren Sandberg fired out of concern for his own safety, but later said that Sandberg -– a former Marine -- feared for the safety of Loggins' daughters. The girls, ages 14 and 9, were in the SUV when Sandberg fired into the vehicle, killing Loggins.

Loggins had been unarmed.

"I understand the Loggins family desire to have quick answers, but it's more important to me and to everyone involved to have accurate information," Hutchens said. "Let's go with the facts, not speculation."

Friends and Marine colleagues described the 31-year-old Loggins as a body builder and martial arts expert, as well as a devoutly religious man who frequently took his daughters on early-morning prayer walks at the high school track.

He worked at Camp Pendleton, and left behind three daughters and a pregnant wife, Phoebe, who gave birth to their fourth daughter days ago.

The family has filed a wrongful-death suit against the Sheriff's Department and also claims that Loggins' daughters were traumatized by the shooting. First, they had to watch the deputy kill their father and then, their attorney alleges, they were held for questioning and not allowed to join their mother for 13 hours.


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-- KTLA News