A Marine sergeant fatally shot by an Orange County Sheriff's deputy in a dark San Clemente high school parking lot this week was not armed and the incident doesn't appear to be alcohol- or drug-related, sheriff's officials said.
A sheriff's spokesman said the deputy feared for the safety of two young girls sitting in a parked car when he shot Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr. Tuesday. The shooting occurred as Loggins started to get into the SUV where his two daughters — ages 9 and 14 — were sitting, authorities said.
Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department, said the deputy was fearful that Loggins — who he said appeared to be acting irrationally — was about the drive off with the girls.
"The real threat that was perceived was the safety of the children," Amormino said.
"The deputy formed an opinion that he had a deep concern for the children, that he would not allow Mr. Loggins to drive away with the kids," Amormino said.
A former commanding officer said Loggins routinely went to the school during the early morning with his daughters to walk the track and read the Bible.
Friends: Dead Marine always answered ‘Yes, sir’
"........colleagues, friends and family of the Marine are trying to make sense of what happened early Tuesday morning, saying the few details they know are contradictory to what they know of Loggins, a respected and religious Marine who followed the chain of command and expected everyone else to do so as well.
"He always set the example and set the bar high for everyone," said Mark Raymond, who was in the Marines from 2004 to 2008. Loggins served as Raymond's sergeant in 2005, while the two were stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
"I wish everyone had a sergeant like I did," Raymond said. "He watched out for you."
Colleagues described the Camp Pendleton Marine as a disciplined person who answered superiors and teachers with a "Yes, sir," or "Yes, ma'am."
People who knew Loggins said erratic behavior was not like him.
A married father to three children with a fourth on the way, Loggins spent years in the military and was known to show to respect to superiors, friends said."If someone asked him to do something, it was, 'Yes, sir,' or 'No, sir,'" said Darlene Patino, who attended Stanbridge College with Loggins, who was studying to be a nurse. "If an officer told him to get on the ground, he's going to do it and, 'Yes, sir.'"