Deputy Involved In Fatal Shooting Of Marine Identified

SANTA ANA (CBS) —  The deputy who fatally shot a highly-decorated Camp Pendleton-based Marine in the parking lot of San Clemente High School on Feb. 7 was identified Saturday.

The deputy was identified as Darren Sangberg, a 15-year veteran of the department.

A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s, Jim Amormino, said no other details would be made public today. Amormino could not confirm reports that Sangberg is, himself, a former Marine.

Sgt. Manuel Levi Loggins Jr., 31, was shot about 4:45 a.m. on that Tuesday morning, after crashing his SUV through a gate in the school’s parking lot. His daughters, aged 9 and 14, were in the back of the SUV at the time of the shooting.

After first saying the deputy thought he was in danger of being hit by the SUV, the department later said the deputy was viewed to be a danger to the children inside the vehicle, Amormino said last week.

“Due to (Loggins’) irrational behavior and his failure to obey any commands, (the deputy) was concerned for the safety of the children,” Amormino said last week. “He was concerned that if he let Mr. Loggins drive off displaying that irrational behavior then the kids were in danger.”

The shooting has triggered a war of words between Marine Corps officials at nearby Camp Pendleton, where Loggins was attached, and in the sheriff’s department. Marines have said Loggins was a stable and non-emotional man.

A deputies union official has defended Sangberg’s action, called Loggins’ behavior “irrational” and said he had placed his daughters at risk.

That triggered an unusual statement from Loggins’ commanding officer, who denounced the deputies union statement as “incorrect and deeply hurtful,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

The sheriff’s office has called the incident a tragedy, and promised full cooperation with the outside-agency investigation being conducted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Loggins, a native of Joliet, Ill., had enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1998 and was a Transportation Management Specialist at Camp Pendleton, base officials said.

During his military career, he earned a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Navy Unit Commendations, three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, a Korean Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Loggins friends and family have repeatedly mentioned he was a devout Christian.

 

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  1. Wolfman says:

    Cops now shoot first ask questions later

  2. CSUF1 says:

    ABSOLUTELY NO JUSTIFICATION FOR SHOOTING this FATHER/MARINE. Shoot the tires. The officer was NOT in danger and disabling the vehicle would have kept the daughters safe.

    1. wobbles says:

      Shooting tires only works on tv. In real life, it either does about nothing or it sends a bullet spinning off in an unpredictable direction if the tire is moving fast enough. Nobody, anywhwere other than fantasyland advocates shooting at tires.

      1. CSUF1 says:

        Wobbles, if you actually knew the San Clemente High School and where the vehicle was parked, you would know that there was no chance that the SUV could get up to speed in that tight space before the officer COULD shoot out a minimum of the 2 tires on the drivers side. It was 4:45 AM and more than a football field between any potential victims, which would be most likely none, at that hour. That probability vs. a gunshot, at close range, to the head of an innocent man that has served his country HONORABLY. I REPEAT shoot the TIRES, NOT the MARINE.

        And YOU are DEAD WRONG. EVERYONE at CAMP PENDLETON and in the City of San Clemente WOULD SHOOT the TIRES.

  3. Chuey says:

    Lets us wait until we get the story. This is WAY too off the charts. Marines are not that stupid and (generally) neither is a former marine/15-year deputy. Something terribly important not being shared here…..This isn’t my first cruise.

    1. wobbles says:

      My bet is Spice. Alot of service members have been using it to get around the drug testing. The problem is sometimes Spice makes people go straight up insane, and it’s effects are indistinguishable from PCP. The stuff is so bad the cops aren’t even taking peole on it to jail, they are taking them to our hospitals. Horrible stuff, but very popular among folks afraid of getting caught up though random testing.

      1. Jay Markowitz says:

        I love Outland. ‘High Noon’ in space with Sean Connery and lasers and stuff.

        That is what you are referencing with that ‘Spice’ comment, eh?

  4. ILLEGALS says:

    Of course the Police Unions will always backup one of their own.. You can hold a lipstick in ur hands & the cops will still shoot you saying their fear for their lives..

  5. CALIFORNIA THE GOLDEN STATE OR BROWN STATE?? says:

    “After first saying the deputy thought he was in danger of being hit by the SUV, the department later said the deputy was viewed to be a danger to the children inside the vehicle, Amormino said last week.”

    Notice how the OC Sheriff’s department change their story..

  6. CALIFORNIA THE GOLDEN STATE OR BROWN STATE?? says:

    Anthrax was made by US Government’s Secret scientists.. The 2 US Gov scientists, one mysteriously disappeared & the other somehow committed suicide.. Coincidental? NOT!!

    There is NO Weapons of Mass Destructions in IRAQ..

    Now the IRAQ War shifts into Saddam’s past, his ties to the Bath party, & somehow his uncle was amigos with Hitler & the Nazis..

    So the WAR in IRAQ shifts from WMD to Saddam being a Cruel Dictator..

    Our Government should come straight forward saying we want their OIL & it’s getting harder & harder to dig for OIL that we have to drill Offshores..

  7. CALIFORNIA THE GOLDEN STATE OR BROWN STATE?? says:

    Anthrax was made by US Government’s Secret scientists.. The 2 US Gov scientists, one mysteriously disappeared & the other somehow committed suicide… Coincidental? NOT!!

    There is NO Weapons of Mass Destructions in IRAQ..

    Now the IRAQ War shifts into Saddam’s past, his ties to the Bath party, & somehow his uncle was amigos with Hitler & the Nazis..

    So the WAR in IRAQ shifts from WMD to Saddam being a Cruel Dictator..

    Our Government should come straight forward saying we want their OIL & it’s getting harder & harder to dig for OIL that we have to drill Offshores..

  8. l. burris says:

    Once again, it seems that some people here want to get their 15/minutes of fame by interacting with the press, I understand the need to do damage control, on sergeant Loggins behalf, but the clock is ticking, and I guarantee that if you let arrogance and false pride get in the way, by acting as if you have experience in these matters, and that, you know exactly what to do, youre going to wind up broken hearted, by the results of the Orange County District Attorneys office, Investigation! The key word here is (Transparency) I admire the Fund raisers, that is necessary, the heart felt dedications to the life of an obviously Excellent Marine, Husband, and father. But youre setting yourselves up to be extremely disappointed. By not contacting this mans family and giving them the advice in this… post. Pretty soon the Press is going to loose interest, The best way to preserve Sgt. Loggins memory is to implement proactive legal Justice!, the constitution club article, was a good article, but it will have no bearing on the Investigation, The friends of the Loggins family should brace themselves for the worst, usually Officer involved shootings, Investigated by the OC, DA’s Office, are ruled in the favor of Law enforcement, hands down, if such a ruling is given, heres what you should do, 1- Immediately contact the (California Attorney Generals Office Miss Kamala Harris), and petition for an Independent Investigation, chances are, this may already be happening,

    2-retain a wrongful death attorney, contact the Cochran Firm. at
    323-931-6200. theyre aggresive, and they will leave no stone unturned! ask for
    attorney Brian Dunn. And don’t for get about Filing a complaint with the U.S. Dept of Justice, Civil rights division. Some one should call Michael Gennaco, or Stephen Connolly at-714-834-5445 at the (O. C. office of Independent review) to launch an Idependent Inquiry, all concern, should request a federal probe Inquest, He is waiting for the family or friends of the family to call, also seek an Independent Ortopsy, from a Nuetral Agency. Please dont let this incident get swept under the Orange County Rug, and to the friends of the family, and News media, keep in mind that this is a matter of public Interest, Remember that you or your loved one’s could be the next victim! we should all be concerned about this horrible threat to Public safety!
    For the record, It should be mentioned, that by allowing, The Jason Alexander case to be simply swept under the rug, in some strange way we the Citizens of Orange County bare some responsibility for this horrible tragedy

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