SANTA ANA (CBS) — An Orange County Sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed an unarmed Marine in San Clemente last week was justified in his actions, a deputies’ union official said Wednesday.

Tom Dominguez, president of the Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Association, released new details of the union’s version of what happened one week ago when an unidentified deputy opened fire on Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins while his two daughters sat inside his sport utility vehicle.

According to an official statement, Loggins ignored repeated orders from deputies and walked away from his parked GMC Yukon with his daughters still inside the vehicle.

The union said Loggins, 31, was acting irrational and ignored warnings not to start his vehicle after the deputy “heard children’s screams coming from the car”.

“We felt there was a lot of inaccurate information being presented by the local media,” said Dominguez. He did not elaborate on any specific inaccuracies.

The sheriff’s department has not yet responded to a CBS2 request for comment on the statement.

Comments (5)
  1. Prudence Goodheart says:


  2. Wolfman says:

    In todays real world cops shoot first and ask questions later

  3. steven23 says:

    “We felt there was a lot of inaccurate information being presented by the local media,” said Dominguez.

    Isn’t the media just reporting what they were being told by the Sheriff’s Department? The media has given two different versions of what happened, both versions of which were furnished by the Sheriff”s Department.

    If the shooting was a bad one it is better to admit the mistake and not try to cover it up. No matter how the shooting happened the Department is going to get sued.

    You should have learned from the Fullerton P.D incident involving Mr. Thomas, the truth will come out and no amount of spin or justification will change it.

  4. lee says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.
    The FBI and DEA where using corrupt police, gang members and mob to commit murders for them.
    There was a short time in their respective criminal careers that Kuklinski, Pitera, Eppolito and Caracappa where doing hits for corrupt FBI and DEA.

  5. jc says:

    Unformed officers will always stick by their brothers, even if some facts must be fabricated in the process

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