SAN CLEMENTE (CBS) — Camp Pendleton’s commanding officer said he was “less than satisfied” with the official response to the fatal deputy-involved shooting of a U.S. Marine at San Clemente High School.

In a statement released Thursday, Col. Nicholas Marano described Sgt. Manny Levi Loggins Jr. as a “loved and respected Marine.”

“We have received an unprecedented amount of emails and phone calls this past week from current and former Marines who knew and loved Sgt. Loggins,” Marano said. “A family has lost their father, husband, brother and son. An unborn child will never know her father. While I am confident they will do the right thing in the end, I am less than satisfied with the official response from the city of San Clemente and Orange County. Many of the statements made concerning Manny Loggins’ character over the past few days are incorrect and deeply hurtful to an already grieving family,” said Marano.

Loggins was fatally shot by an on-duty Orange County sheriff’s deputy about 4:45 a.m. Feb. 7, after crashing a GMC Yukon through a gate in the parking lot of San Clemente High School with his 14- and 9-year-old daughters in the back seat, according to the sheriff’s department.

On Tuesday, a representative of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs described Loggins’ actions as irrational and odd.

“It is heartbreaking that Manuel Loggins created a situation that put his children in danger and ultimately cost him his life,” said Tom Dominguez, president of the deputies’ union.

Dominguez’ statements echoed ones made earlier in the week by the sheriff’s department.

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

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is heading the investigation into the deputy-involved shooting as a matter of routine.

Comments (18)
  1. Chuey says:

    ~and what would we have if those kids were not his? The public would be screaming that cops let them go! Sad..but a no-win situation for anyone.

    1. Mark says:

      How do you know they were not his kids? How responsible is it to open fire and excute someone with children only feet away? How would the cops let him get away? Did the cop have a car? Helicopter? Back up?. Imagine if someone walks away from a speeding ticket with his kiids in the car? Stop making excuses for para military oganziations.

  2. Jason says:

    So cops can use deadly force and kill a father in front of his kids when there is uncertainty?
    The article says Loggins behavior was irrational; not violent, dangerous, threatening, etc.
    The article also says he crashed through a gate early in the morning. Why did he crash through the gate? Was there something physically or medically wrong?
    Oh I know, shoot first ask questions later.

    1. Chuey says:

      Sad..but a no-win situation for anyone

    2. No time to think, just shoot! says:

      You will become one of those, I just wanted to hug him, why did he stabed me in the nose.

      Can’t we all just, get along?

      Good luck with your humanitarian work Jason!

      Nice guys finish last!

      1. Mark says:

        Spoken like a child. Or a wanabe cop. To begin with, read. “A big dude coming at me is going to get shot (dead)” “The dude” was shot six times in the chest and once in the groin. That’s an exection. Yeah, i’m sure Jason wants to give him a “hug”, “and just get along”. Go back to school and learn about inductive and deductive reasoning and logic.

      2. Hug patrol says:

        Mark,

        Do you need a hug?

        Just open your arms to the nearest Sheriff’s Deputy and tell them you need a hug.

  3. No time to think, just shoot! says:

    I’m just saying,

    A big dude coming at me is going to get shot (dead).

    People,
    It is time to understand in this day and age, you do not know what is running thru someones head. You have to assume bad intentions, or your dead!

    Good shot deputy!

  4. GROWAPAIR \\// says:

    we need some sniper anarchy !!! LOL

    1. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

      YOUR A BIGGER IDIOT THAN I FIRST THOUGHT!!!!!

  5. El toro says:

    When they don’t do enough…you slam the cops, when they do something out side of the box you slam them also, why cant we all wait to see if the man was intoxicated, i have seen military guys driving in the freeway at 100 mph, and personally i wanted to talk to one this marines after this, he hide in camp where i was intimidated by the gate officer. They are soldiers and good bless them, but no one is above the law. Lets just wait and see whats comes up.

  6. thats allfolks says:

    The base commander isn’t satisfied because the cop didn’t urinate on the body.

  7. wobbles says:

    Hmmm. As a former Marine. I know the same thing would have happened to anyone crashing though a gate I was tasked with guarding. He ought to have known that too. I’m guessing he was high. Yes, drugs are still a problem even in the military.

  8. citizen says:

    trigger happy cop. That it is a trigger happy rotton cop.

  9. Jeff says:

    The Marine was black. Now this makes the shooting a racially motivated murder.
    Get Jessie Jackson & Al Sharpton on the phone.

  10. LEdavion says:

    i have been following the reports and comment surrounding this case. but their is a lot of things that does not add up. how can yo do a traffic stop when someone crashed into a gate and later shoot the driver, hmm let see as someone who know about logics and reasoning. he crashed in the gate and the first thing he did was wonded off hmm…so at what point did he stop and look to see if anything was wrong with the vehicle or he was pulled over got shot and lost control of his vehicl thus crashing in the gate. and for the a holes that think that the taking of a life is justified because the person wears a badge and can get away with it its not.