If you have been following the story of the unarmed Marine sergeant gunned down in front of his two daughters last February up in San Clemente, there is some more news and information about the case.
The latest ugly info about this horrific and ugly incident is that Sgt Manny Loggins’ daughters were incarcerated for 13 hours without contact with their mother – this after watching their father being shot in front of them.
Not only that, but a claim that the family is filing against the Sheriffs states that Sgt. Loggins was shot multiple times. Also, Loggins’ wife, Phoebe, who was pregnant at the time of the shooting, just had her baby last Sunday.
You may recall that Sgt. Loggins had taken his two daughters, aged 9 and 14, with him to the San Clemente High School athletic field – which he often did. But on February 7th – he was confronted by an Orange County Deputy – Darren Sandberg – who then gave Loggins orders – which according to the Sheriffs – Loggins refused.
The deputy shot and killed Loggins right there in front of his daughters. The “why” has varied over time.
But just recently, the family has hired an attorney and has filed the necessary legal notice that they will be filing a wrongful death suit against the Sheriff’s Department and the deputy. 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.
The LA Times reports that:
For 13 hours after they watched an Orange County sheriff’s deputy fatally shoot their father, the traumatized daughters of Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins were held for questioning and not allowed to join their mother, according to the lawyer representing the Loggins family.
“They just basically incarcerated them,” attorney Brian T. Dunn said Wednesday, one month after the shooting in a darkened parking lot at San Clemente High School. …
The girls were held at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and not allowed to see their mother until 6 p.m. that day, Dunn said, describing the treatment as a form of “false imprisonment.” “They had games for them to play, but they wouldn’t let them go,” Dunn said. “They probably kept asking them over and over and over what was going on till they got the answer they wanted.”
The Camp Pendleton Patch adds that in their claim, the family allege that Loggis was lawfully sitting in his SUV, making no threatening movements when he was shot.
“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 Patch quotes the family’s attorney:
“That’s classic false imprisonment,” said Attorney Brian T. Dunn of the Cochran Firm. “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.
For more on Sgt Manuel Loggins, go here.