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O.C. deputy who fatally shot unarmed Marine won't be charged

September 28, 2012 |  2:36 pm

Manuel Loggins Jr.The Orange County district attorney's office has declined to press charges against a deputy who fatally shot an unarmed Marine in February, citing insufficient evidence.

Darren Sandberg, a 15-year veteran of the department, was cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident, which occurred in the predawn hours of Feb. 7.

Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr., 31, crashed his GMC Yukon through the gate of a parking lot at San Clemente High School. Authorities said that the man, a deeply religious father who was known for taking his children on prayer walks around the school’s track, refused to follow the deputy's orders.

Loggins’ young daughters were sitting nearby in the SUV at the time of the shooting.

In May, Loggins’ family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit alleging excessive force on the part of the deputy. Loggins, who was based at Camp Pendleton, was known as a dedicated career Marine.


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Photo: Manuel Loggins Jr. Credit: Loggins family