Saturday, April 14, 2012
Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr., 31, fatally shot by California Orange County Sheriff Deputy is buried in Illinois hometown
The unarmed U.S. Marine who was fatally shot by an Orange County sheriff’s deputy in a darkened high school parking lot in February, was buried Friday afternoon after a service in his hometown of Joliet, Ill.
Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr., 31, was sitting in his white GMC Yukon in the parking lot of San Clemente High School with his two daughters, ages 14 and 9, when a sheriff’s deputy -– who later said he feared for the safety of the girls -– opened fire on him in the predawn dark.
The Sheriff’s Department said Loggins had crashed his SUV through the parking lot gate, acted erratically and ignored the deputy’s orders in the Feb. 7 incident.
Loggins, whose friends described him as a consummate Marine and a deeply religious man, frequently went to the high school track for morning “prayer walks” with his family.
The shooting has driven a wedge between the Marine Corps and sheriff's deputies in San Clemente, a beach town in south Orange County where the uniforms of both are a common sight. Camp Pendleton, where Loggins was based, is nearly adjacent to San Clemente, and sheriff's deputies patrol the city's streets.
Loggins was buried at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill., after a service at Refuge Mission United Holy Church of America in Joliet.
The Orange County district attorney’s office is investigating the shooting.
The Loggins family attorney, Brian Dunn, said he expects to file a lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department within weeks.