Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Orange County Board of Supervisors has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins, according to the San Clemente Times.
Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Sandberg shot Loggins to death on February 7, 2012 in the parking lot of San Clemente High School. Loggins, 31, was standing near his vehicle when he was fatally shot, while his two young daughters watched from the backseat.
The Orange County District Attorney investigated the shooting and cleared Sandberg of any wrongdoing in October 2012, claiming Sandberg was justified for shooting the unarmed Loggins because he was doing so to protect Loggins' daughters from their father's "irrational" behavior.
In May 2012, the Loggins' family filed a federal lawsuit against Orange County, the Orange County Sheriff's Department, and Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Sandberg.
City News Service quotes Orange County Board Chairman Shawn Nelson as saying of the settlement:
"Obviously it's a terrible tragedy every way around. It's just a tragedy and there isn't anyone involved who wouldn't agree."