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Dead Marine's Daughters Unlawfully Held, Isolated After Shooting, Family Alleges

According to a claim against the Orange County Sheriff's Department on behalf of the family of Sgt. Manuel Loggins, the Marine was shot multiple times.

After a sheriff's deputy shot and killed their unarmed father as they watched, the two young daughters of Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins were falsely imprisoned and isolated by police for 13 hours before they were released to their family, according to a claim filed by survivors of the dead Marine.

The family also alleges in their claim that Loggins was lawfully sitting in his car and making no threatening movements when Deputy Darren Sandberg shot him to death on Feb. 7. 

Allegations in the claim differ substantially from the narrative  after Deputy Darren Sandberg shot Loggins in the parking lot of San Clemente High School at about 5 a.m. after he crashed into a gate.

(See the full text of the claim in the PDF attached to this article.)

"That's classic false imprisonment," said . "They were intentionally secreted away."

Dunn said the girls were told only their father was at the hospital, Dunn said, though OC Fire Authority spokesman Marc Stone told Patch shortly after the shooting that Loggins died almost immediately.

Also outlined in the claim was that Loggins was shot multiple times -- "at least two, maybe three," Dunn said.

The claim was filed naming Sandberg and the Orange County Sheriff's Department on behalf of Loggins' wife, Phoebe Loggins, four children identified by initials, and the estate of Manuel Loggins.

"At no time ... did Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr. pose any reasonable threat of violence to the involved deputy, nor did he do anything to justify the use of deadly force against him," the claim states.

The claim reads that Loggins made, "no aggressive movements, no furtive gestures and no physical movements which would suggest to any reasonable deputy that he was armed with any kind of weapon, or had the will, or ability to inflict substantial bodily harm against any individual."

The claim cites faulty actions, faulty training, faulty hiring, faulty supervision that led to the shooting, and claims a host of other damages, such as assault, violation of civil rights, wrongful death, false imprisonment and others.

The claim, which Dunn said he sent out to the department today, is the first step in civil litigation. The family in the document claims damages in excess of $10,000 "within the unlimited jurisdiction of the California Superior Court."

JustUs January 08, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Yes, ms.sc. Times have certainly changed. And not for the better. I do believe that we enter another dimension after death and in one way or another answer for our actions. I am not a deeply religious man, but I believe that all the evidence points to a spiritual force who (that) had a hand in forming the universe. After careful study, I concluded it could not happen by simple chance. That would be like me hitting the mega-lotto on Monday and then hitting the Super-Lotto on Wednesday. The odds dictate that there was a omnipotent creator and that force will deal with the foibles of the human race. If you want to call that "karma" that's your business. But it is disgraceful that grown adults handled the Sgt. Manny Loggins fatal shooting in the manner that they did. It flies in the face of any moral code. And most of us in my age bracket were raised upon some sort of moral code. And those in charge have dismissed it entirely. And that is shameful and a reflection upon how we have deteriorated as a society of people. All we can do is live decent lives and teach our children well - and expose the scoundrels for who they are, ms.sc. That's all we can do, my dear.
ms.sc. January 09, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Well spoken JustUs. I called "Karma", only because what you do in life, you ultimately receive eventually..
ms.sc. January 09, 2013 at 03:31 AM
P.S. JustUs...I do believe in God and Jesus too...not only Karma. Prayers for Sgt. Manny Loggin, R.I.P. and love and healing for his family. This is a sad disgrace to law enforcement.
JustUs January 09, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Well, that's good, ms.sc. Everyone has the right to believe in whatever they want to believe in, in this old country of ours. I'm a big fan of WC Fields from back in the good old days. He used to tell us that he "believed that he would have another drink". So whatever floats your boat is fine by me. I have wished good things for Manny's family myself. I simply can't imagine those 2 young girls watching their father gunned down a couple feet in front of them. wow. I try to put myself in the shoes of those little girls. I just can't. I really can't imagine anything more traumatic. And then being help captive by the cops for something like 15 hours after the fact keeping the mother at bay. My good God. What kind of monsters have these people in positions of authority turned into? I wouldn't do that to a litter of dogs, let alone human beings. I feel so very sorry for that poor family. May God be at their side.
ms.sc. January 09, 2013 at 04:08 AM
JustUs, your WC Fields comment I may be too young to remember, however I am old enough, and wise enough to know that WC Field's beliefs were far from wisdom. JustUs, have a blessed New Year. Though many of us are sad, actually horrified by the actions of the OCSD, there may be little you, I, or any of the previous posters can do, but pray. Good Night, JustUs.

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