Video Shows Marine Drive Through Gate Before Deputy Killed Him

Capistrano Unified School District releases a 30-minute tape from the parking lot near where Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins was shot by a sheriff's deputy.

A surveillance video from the San Clemente High School parking lot where a deputy sheriff shot and killed Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins shows Loggins driving through a gate, deputies milling about and Loggins being carried off in a stretcher.

The video does little to answer questions still swirling around the controversial shooting; it does not show Loggins being shot or include his daughters, who were in the back seat of Loggins' SUV when he was killed.

The video has no audio.

The Capistrano Unified School District released the video to the media Tuesday. The video begins at about 4:45 a.m. Feb. 7, the day Deputy Darren Sandberg shot Loggins. It lasts 31 minutes and 40 seconds.

The video shows Loggins' white SUV driving through a security gate and a police car following about 20 seconds later.

The first backup deputies arrived about 3 minutes later, and paramedics carried Loggins off on a stretcher about 24 minutes later.

GreenInOC April 06, 2012 at 04:14 PM
If the deputy was sitting the parking lot as he stated, wouldn't he have made a left turn into the "road" to follow Sgt. Loggins? In the video he's coming in straight behind him which doesn't make sense to me. Also, it seems to me that arriving 20 seconds after Sgt. Loggins goes through the swing arm barrier (it drives me batty that it's still being referred to as a "gate"!), is awfully fast. It just doesn't make sense that the Deputy was doing paperwork in the parking lot and 20 seconds later he's right there?
marlene April 11, 2012 at 04:17 AM
cops are trigger happy
Chris McLaughlin April 11, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Hi GreenInOC, I took a picture of the swing-arm gate this morning, and am about to post it here, for clarification. I don't think you can tell from the video whether the officer was coming in straight or turning left from the one-way lane closest to the swing-arm gate. If he was in the parking lot or across the street, either way it would look like he was 'coming in straight', because the access from the parking lot is not right next to the swing-arm gate.
Chris McLaughlin April 11, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I happened to be in San Clemente this morning, and thought I would take a picture to clarify what the swing-arm gate looks like. In the daylight, unlocked and wide-open, despite the school being on Spring Break. (How Sgt. Loggins would have expected it, at 4:45 a.m. on a weekday when school is in session.) You can see the security camera that this video was taken from, and seeing that it so obviously looks directly down on the gate in question that played a critical part in this tragedy, I can't believe anyone there would not have gotten this video sooner, or not think that independent footage existed of this incident. Has anyone requested footage going back in time, to see when it was locked, and even verify/disprove the claim that it was usually unlocked, or that Sgt. Loggins had indeed been there before at that time (and it was not unusual/unprecedented for him to do so)?? If not, please do so.
San Clemente Resident June 06, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Maybe this will help bring some perspective on the kind of man Manny was. http://www.facebook.com/groups/341621599205498/ He was a devoted man of God! I was raised by a military father who got up every morning between 3-4 am and prayed for a couple hours before duty. When I became a Christian, I joined him. So I completely understand the military life and early morning prayer times. That was a sweet time I had with my dad when I was very young. My father also taught us to that there are 3 areas in our life we need to constantly grow in: Physical Health, Education, and Spiritual Health. So we ran together in the mornings and prayed together before school. Just because it seems out of the ordinary for a Parent to be up so early, there are people who are so devoted in their walk with God, that the mornings are the best time to start their day with God.


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