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Orange County, California Wrongful Death Lawsuit Likely in Sheriff's Deputy Shooting of Camp Pendleton Marine

December 31, 1969

The family of Sgt. Manual Loggins, Jr. is expected to file an Orange County, California wrongful death claim, which will likely include allegations of civil rights violations, shortly. This type of claim is generally a precursor to a lawsuit.

Loggins, Jr., a Camp Pendleton marine, was shot by Orange County Sheriff's Department Deputy Darren Sandberg in a San Clemente High School parking lot on February 7. At the time, Loggins was in the driver's seat of his SUV. His two daughters were in the car, too.

Sheriff's department officials claim that the 31-year-old marine drive through a high school gate, exited his vehicle, made a number of statements that were irrational, and disregarded deputies' orders as he reentered his vehicle. Although the department initially said that Sandberg shot Loggins because he feared for his life, it later said that the veteran deputy fired his weapon because he feared for the girls' safety. The Sheriff's department hasn't given out specifics as to what Loggins allegedly said prior to being shot or what made Sandberg afraid for the kids.

At the time of the shooting, Loggins was unarmed. The family's Los Angeles, California wrongful death lawyer says that the shooting was unjustified.

Friends said Loggins frequently took his family to the school so they could go on prayer walks. An investigation into the shooting is currently underway. However, following the deadly incident, the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs stood by Sandberg and the other deputies who were at the shooting scene. Col. Nick Marino, who is Camp Pendleton's commanding officer, has expressed dismay over the way civil authorities have responded to the tragic incident. Loggins leaves behind his two daughters, a toddler, and his pregnant wife.

"Unjustified police shootings have no place in law enforcement," said Anaheim Police Brutality Attorney Vincent Howard. "It is unfortunate when such incidents happen for the consequences can be tragic."

Fortunately, even if law enforcement officials find that that no wrongdoing occurred on the part of any officers involved, victims and their families may still be able to pursue Orange County, California civil cases via the courts. "People don't realize that their civil rights have been violated when they are subject to excessive use of police force," said Anaheim Personal Injury Attorney Vincent Howard. "It is important that you not hold back from reporting the incident and speak to an Orange County, California injury law firm right away to find out about your legal options.

Even when apprehending someone, law enforcement officers must be careful to never use more force than warranted.

Lawsuit planned in deputy-involved shooting of Marine, OC Register, March 2, 2012

New Details Released in Marine's Death, NBC San Diego, February 14, 2012

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Contact Howard Law, PC today. Orange County, California Police Brutality Attorney Vincent Howard represents clients throughout the county, as well as in Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County.