SAN CLEMENTE – Two young daughters of a Camp Pendleton Marine were in the back seat of an SUV on Tuesday when a sheriff’s deputy fired, fatally wounding the 31-year-old man, officials said Thursday.
On Thursday morning, officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department identified the man as Manuel Levi Loggins and began to release details regarding what led a deputy to shoot him after a traffic stop at San Clemente High School.
Sheriff’s investigators work near a GMC SUV which has a school gate wedged underneath it. The man drove through a gate and into San Clemente High School parking lot early Tuesday and was injured in an officer-involved shooting and later died. By Wednesday afternoon, Camp Pendleton officials confirmed that the man who died in the officer-involved shooting was a Marine stationed at the base, but declined to give the man’s name, rank or time of service.
Officials would not say how close the shooting occurred to the two girls, who they said were 9 and 14 years old, but said the shooting was near the vehicle.
Authorities said Loggins was walking back toward the GMC Yukon when the deputy feared for his life and fired. The two girls were not injured.
Sheriff’s officials said Loggins was spotted speeding and crashing through a gate at the high school along Avenida Pico early Tuesday, prompting a deputy to contact the Marine.
Loggins got out of his SUV and ignored several commands from the deputy, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the department.
As Loggins walked back to the vehicle, the deputy fired, Amormino said.
After the shooting, the deputy’s patrol car could be seen parked a few feet behind Loggins’ SUV.
Sheriff’s officials would not say what made the deputy think his life was in danger or if Loggins had a weapon.
“That is part of the investigation,” Amormino said.
A sheriff’s blotter entry shows that deputies were called for a possible hit-and-run and child endangerment.
Officials from Camp Pendleton identified Loggins as a sergeant and native of Joliet, Ill.
Loggins enlisted in the Marines in October 1998 and was assigned as a transportation management specialist assigned to Headquarters and Support Battalion in Pendleton.
During his service, Loggins received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Navy Unit Commendations, three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, a Korean Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Sheriff’s officials said the shooting occurred at about 4:40 a.m. Tuesday morning. The deputy was parked in the high school parking lot doing paperwork when he spotted the white SUV speeding, turning into the school parking lot and crashing through a gate.
Amormino said Loggins got out of the car and walked toward the field, ignoring the deputy’s orders to stop.
“Loggins gets out of his car and is heading toward the field,” Amormino said. “The deputy gives him a set of commands that (Loggins) disobeys.”
Loggins walked back toward the car. At that point, Amormino said, something happened that made the deputy fear for his life. What that was, however, was not disclosed.