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Deputy Who Killed Marine Identified

Sources say Darren Sandberg, a former Sheriff's Academy instructor, fired the shot that killed Sgt. Manny Loggins Jr. on Feb. 7 in San Clemente.

By Roy Rivenburg and Adam Townsend

The sheriff's deputy who shot and killed Marine Sgt. Manny Loggins during a predawn traffic stop last week was Darren Sandberg, according to multiple law-enforcement sources who asked not to be identified.

Approached by Patch at his home Friday evening, Sandberg declined to comment, saying, "You'll have to take all that up with my department." Orange County

Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino also declined to comment, saying, "I don't know his [the shooter's] name."

Amormino also said officials wanted to finish a "threat assessment" before deciding whether to release the deputy's identity to the media.

Privately, other sources named Sandberg, who worked as a deputy in Mission Viejo before joining the Sheriff's Academy in mid-2011 as an instructor. One source described Sandberg as "high-strung," and said some sort of "problem" led to his recent departure from the academy.

Sandberg has received praise and commendations in other quarters. Last June, shortly before he transferred from the sheriff's Mission Viejo station to the academy, city officials praised the deputy's service, according to minutes from the June 20 City Council meeting.

Mission Viejo Mayor Dave Leckness announced he would miss Sandberg, noting the deputy led scout and student tours at City Hall and "Darren’s participation is always the highlight of the kids’ tour," according to the minutes.

Councilwoman Rhonda Reardon said she also would miss the deputy. Earlier this week, the deputies' union issued a news release defending the shooting of Loggins as justified. Among other things, the union noted that the deputy in question, a 15-year veteran of the force, had been awarded two Sheriff's Department lifesaving medals and one Medal of Courage.

In 1996, Sandberg briefly resuscitated a 71-year-old heart attack victim he discovered while "returning home from training with another trainee," according to a Los Angeles Times story. Although Sandberg restored the man's pulse, the victim later died at the hospital, the paper said. Nevertheless, the deputy was given a lifesaving medal. 

In 2007, then-Sheriff Mike Carona gave Sandberg another lifesaving medal after he and Deputy Kevin Geary saved a 52-year-old motorcycle accident victim they found bleeding in the street as they drove to work through Aliso Viejo. Sandberg helped perform CPR on the victim.

In 2005, Sandberg -- along with Deputy James E. Christian and Community Services Officer Marie A. Chasco -- received the department's medal of courage for actions taken during a traffic accident in which a driver was trapped in a burning car.

In contrast, the shooting of Sgt. Loggins has touched off considerable debate, with friends of the Marine describing Loggins as a deeply religious man who would never disobey authority or jeopardize the safety of his daughters, who were in the backseat of Loggins' GMC Yukon when he was shot.

The deputy's defenders say Loggins was acting irrationally and created the situation that led to his death. On Feb. 9, two days after the shooting, Sandberg posted a comment on his Facebook page that said, "Thanks everyone for all your support. I am doing good. Love you."

The post was removed from public view late Friday afternoon, shortly after Patch began trying to confirm Sandberg's involvement in the shooting.

The Orange County District Attorney's office declined to comment for this story. The deputies' union referred Patch to the Sheriff's Department when asked to confirm Sandberg's name.

Paul Meyer, the lawyer representing the deputy who shot Loggins, didn't return calls to his office.
JustUs March 07, 2013 at 08:21 PM
"Thanks for thoroughly proving my point above." Thanks for failing to explain or show any correlation between your quoted comment above and my previous post, thereby making your quote totally irrelevant. Much appreciated
Joker Joe March 07, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Beer summit was used by Obama so he did not have to apologize to the cop for his tainted remark without knowing ANYTHING about the situation.. The stupid cop bought into it!!
JustUs March 07, 2013 at 08:24 PM
"Thanks for thoroughly proving my point above." Thank you for failing to explain or show any correlation between your quoted comment above and my previous post, thereby making your quote totally irrelevant. Much appreciated
JustUs March 07, 2013 at 08:26 PM
"And Obama is a white man." 95% of people continuously forget that FACT - that Obama is half-white. Many willfully forget it when it is most convenient for them to do so. :^)
MFriedrich March 07, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Can you too love birds agree on anything? Bonney says he's white. JustUs says he's half-white (but not half-black, because...well, nobody knows why). Oh, this is all just so classic. I mean, you can't make this stuff up. Well done.
MFriedrich March 07, 2013 at 08:37 PM
"The stupid cop bought into it!!" Maybe the cop was stupid. He might also have been thirsty. Can't blame a man for wanting to quench his thirst in the company of the most powerful dude on the planet. If Obama invites you for a glass of suds, you should accept.
Joker Joe March 07, 2013 at 08:44 PM
mfriedrich Because I have very high morals, Obama inviting me to a boot licking party where he basically said I was stupid and a racist would not of been on my agenda. But it takes all kinds.
JustUs March 07, 2013 at 08:52 PM
"Bonney says he's white. JustUs says he's half-white (but not half-black, because...well, nobody knows why)." Both Bill and I are correct. Everyone knows that Obama is half-white but everyone always refers to him as "black" completely disregarding his whiteness. So playing that same game - it is totally appropriate, based upon the practiced rules, to refer to Obama as "white" even though he is half black. So in today's politically correct society - EVERYBODY IS RIGHT AND NOBODY IS WRONG. Sort of like the way K-12 public schools are run today. No discriminating factors. Everyone has the same IQ. All are equal. There are no wrong answers! heh. Your socialistic nirvana has materialized!!! HAH! :^)
GreenInOC March 07, 2013 at 09:06 PM
@JustUs, the "one drop rule" was created and perpetuated by whites to use against people of color. Don't pretend to not know this. If twisting history makes you sleep better at night, more power to you, but please, stop denigrating the memory of St. Loggins who you claim out of one side of your mouth to care so deeply about while completely disrespecting him out of the other. Take somewhere else JustUs - at least show a little respect.
Joker Joe March 07, 2013 at 09:09 PM
JustUs I am signing off in 10 minutes. If interested in breakfast at IHOP on Beach Blvd. in HB it is my treat. Sat or Sun about 9ish. It is one block south of Main St. I need some intelligent conversation!!!!
Joker Joe March 07, 2013 at 09:13 PM
GreenInOC What is the one drop rule??
GreenInOC March 07, 2013 at 09:19 PM
@William Bonney, I have full faith in your ability to use Google.
JustUs March 07, 2013 at 09:21 PM
"@JustUs, the "one drop rule" was created and perpetuated by whites to use against people of color. Don't pretend to not know this." This is 2013, sir. I think we've advanced past the 'one drop rule' when society desegregated drinking fountains, rest rooms and swimming pools. Americans elected a half-black POTUS in 2008. So let's drop these antiquated terms and move into the 21st century. Shall we? Stop carrying the cross. "If twisting history makes you sleep better at night, more power to you, but please, stop denigrating the memory of St. Loggins who you claim out of one side of your mouth to care so deeply about while completely disrespecting him out of the other." The 'disrespect' that you purport and project is by your own manufacture, pal. You are floating pink elephants to disingenuously further a falacious argument. "Twisting the truth"? heh. Talk about Mr. Pot calling Mr. Kettle black! heh. Hilarious. "Green in OC", eh? You a cop??? heh. If so, no wonder you got your panties all in a bunch over this blog. There's a whole lot of truth here, huh? Maybe you should hold a crucifix up while you read it to protect your eyesight. heh.
GreenInOC March 07, 2013 at 09:24 PM
@JustUs - Stop it. If you truly respect St. Loggins you will stop.
JustUs March 07, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Green in OC, read my post above in reply to yours. Your response is welcomed if you got what it takes.
GreenInOC March 07, 2013 at 09:28 PM
@Just Us, I have what it takes and enough respect for Sgt. Loggins and his family to not do this here. I hope that you are man enough to stop.
JustUs March 07, 2013 at 09:37 PM
"@Just Us, I have what it takes and enough respect for Sgt. Loggins and his family to not do this here. I hope that you are man enough to stop." We are speaking the truth about the Loggins shooting. You are the one avoiding the truth. I would be disrespecting Sgt. Loggins if I failed to speak the truth. And IMO you are disrespecting Sgt. Loggins by avoiding the truth. Sgt Loggins would want engaged citizens to care about what happened to him. Caring is respect. Avoiding is disrespect. Get it yet? Once again, Green in OC....are you a cop? My question arises from your moniker.
GreenInOC March 07, 2013 at 09:39 PM
@JustUs, well you proved your point - you aren't man enough to show this man and his family respect. Got it.
Chris McLaughlin March 07, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Interesting...I always thought GreenInOC was a reference to environmentalism, but I can see where it could be law enforcement connotation, given the uniforms of the OCSD.
JustUs March 07, 2013 at 09:41 PM
"@JustUs - Stop it. If you truly respect St. Loggins you will stop." Sorry. You're mistaken. By avoiding the facts I would be disrespecting Sgt. Loggins. By delivering the facts I am respecting Sgt. Loggins. Now, if you questions my FACTS - that we can debate. However, claiming that I am disrespecting Sgt. Loggins without challenging my FACTS is flawed and disingenuous. Stop the games.
GreenInOC March 07, 2013 at 09:41 PM
@Chris, I wanted to thank you for going to the meeting.
JustUs March 07, 2013 at 09:46 PM
"@JustUs, well you proved your point - you aren't man enough to show this man and his family respect. Got it." It's cowardly to accuse a person of being disrespectful without providing a factual basis behind you assertion. The fact that you refuse to explain yourself tells me what I need to know about you. You even decline to refute any of the facts that I presented. Sorry. You lose.
Joker Joe March 07, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Got it. Learned something.
Joker Joe March 07, 2013 at 09:47 PM
JustUs Don't want the cover up uncovered!!!
GreenInOC March 07, 2013 at 09:53 PM
@JustUs, you can simply go back and follow the thread and read what was written. That may be too complicated for you. That however does not justify the fact that you are clouding the issue of this man's murder with accusations and information that have ZERO bearing on this case. If you are truly interested in justice you will focus on the horrific death of Sgt. Loggins and leave the other bs you are so fond of behind. If you just see this article as a place for you to spew your foolish and non-related beliefs you are a worse person than most people are even capable of comprehending.
JustUs March 07, 2013 at 09:59 PM
"That however does not justify the fact that you are clouding the issue of this man's murder with accusations and information that have ZERO bearing on this case." Stop communicating in gibberish and generalities. Be specific. Quote me. And we'll go from there. Otherwise I consider you a coward for making disrespectful accusations. "If you are truly interested in justice you will focus on the horrific death of Sgt. Loggins and leave the other bs you are so fond of behind." What's "the other bs" that you are referring to? Come clean or I consider you a coward. Quote me. And why won't you answer my question? Are you a cop? You moniker makes me suspicious. Why no answer?
GreenInOC March 07, 2013 at 10:20 PM
@JustUs, it's odd for someone who spends so much time on the comment section to come back and insinuate that they don't know how to follow them or to have any clue as to what they themselves wrote. I don't need to quote you - you can read for yourself what you wrote. I don't need to answer any personal questions about myself. Perhaps you want to share why you are so interested in my career and my undergarments? Consider me whatever or whenever you want, whatever helps keep you happy and stimulated. Just STOP cluttering up these comments with your thoughts that have NOTHING to do with this senseless murder.
JustUs March 07, 2013 at 11:22 PM
I figured you'd respond with more general gibberish without any specifics. So IMO you flunked the test and forfeited any semblance of board credibility. You didn't come on this board to enter into a credible discussion. You came on here to distract and demean. Now that's clear to me. You refuse to even discuss the aspects of Sgt. Loggins' execution with me, to include the evidence we've learned about thus far or the actions (or inactions) taken by those in power after the fact in response. You are just another blatherer. My recommendation is for you to go away and take your clutter with you.
Chris McLaughlin March 09, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Oh, look, the OC Board of Supervisors online Comments system is working again: http://ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=24496
Chris McLaughlin March 16, 2013 at 08:08 PM
The OC Board of Supervisors online Comments system is working for a second week in a row!! http://ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=24697

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