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O.C. offers settlement to slain Marine's family

April 24, 2013|By Nicole Santa Cruz
  • Marine Corps. Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr. was killed in 2012.
Marine Corps. Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr. was killed in 2012. ( U.S. Marine Corps )

Orange County supervisors have unanimously approved a proposed settlement in a federal wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Manuel Loggins Jr., an unarmed Marine sergeant who was shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy in a darkend high school parking lot.

The suit accuses the deputy, Darren Sandberg, of using excessive force when he shot Loggins in a San Clemente High School parking lot after the Marine refused to follow Sandberg's orders. 

The suit,  which also names the county and the Sheriff's Department, said that Loggins didn't pose a threat to Sandberg in the early morning incident in 2012.

Loggins, described by friends as a disciplined and religious career Marine, had recently begun taking his family on prayer walks at the field.  His two daughters were in the SUV at the time of the shooting.

In September, the Orange County district attorney's office said that Sandberg acted reasonably given the circumstances of the incident and cleared the deputy of wrongdoing.

It is unclear whether the Loggins family will accept the proposed settlement. Attorney Brian Dunn said he could not comment on the case.

A spokesman with the county said that an agreement could take months.

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