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Sgt. Manuel Loggins' Family May Sue OC Sheriff's Department

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The family of slain Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr. is considering a federal lawsuit against the Orange County Sheriff's Department, according to the Orange County Register, alleging wrongful death and civil rights abuses.

Loggins family attorney Brian T. Dunn of the Cochrane Firm told the Register his clients will file a claim against the county of Orange by the end of next week. The Loggins family will also file a claim against the Orange County Sheriff's Department by month's end.

The filing of such government claims are often required before any lawsuit can be filed.

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Dunn told the Register:

Early on the morning of February 7, Loggins was with his two young daughters at San Clemente High School when he was shot by Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Sandberg. Sandberg's union claims he was justified for shooting Loggins, because he was doing so to protect Loggins' daughters from their father's "irrational" behavior. But those who knew Loggins say he was a peaceful, deeply religious family man who was a positive influence to those around him.

Dunn asks the question: