Deputy's Union Blames Deadly Shooting on Pendeton Marine's Behavior


Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr.

The union that represents the Orange County Sheriff's deputy who shot and killed Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr. last week has come out with its own version of the deadly incident.

Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs president Tom Dominguez tells the Orange County Register that Loggins was behaving in a manner the deputy thought was threatening to Loggins' two daughters, ages 9 and 14, who were in the car with him at San Clemente High School in the early morning hours of February 7.

The union's statement to the media reports that after Loggins stopped his car in the school's parking lot, he got out of his vehicle:

The North County Times reports the additional Sheriff's deputies who later arrived spoke with the Loggins girls, who told them their father was behaving "oddly."

Then, according to the union statement, Loggins returned to the car:

One of the deputies then shot Loggins through the driver's side window as he began to drive away. Loggins two daughters were still in the backseat of the car.

A final irony - the deputy who killed Sgt. Loggins was a former Marine.

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