The suit was filed on behalf of the wife of 31-year-old Manuel Loggins, Phoebe Loggins, and their four children – including the two girls who witnessed the shooting and the youngest who was born nearly a month after the fatal shooting.
Loggins, a sergeant stationed at Camp Pendleton at the time, was shot in the parking lot of San Clemente High School on Feb. 7, after sheriff's officials said he crashed through a gate at the school near Avenida Pico.
Officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Department said Loggins walked out of his GMC Yukon and ignored several commands from the deputy, while two of his daughters sat inside the SUV. Loggins walked toward the athletic field while Deputy Darren Sandberg followed, officials said.
According to a statement that was later released by the union, Loggins walked back to the vehicle and ignored Sandberg's statements while "yelling irrational statements."
Loggins walked into the driver's seat of his vehicle before Sandberg opened fire through the driver's side window, fatally wounding the 31-year-old man. The two girls, aged 9 and 14, were sitting in the back seat. Officials said Sandberg feared for the girls' safety when he fired.
According to the suit, the girls were "falsely arrested and imprisoned by the Orange County Sheriff's Department" for about 13 hours after the shooting took place and "were not told they were free to leave."
Loggins' daughters and wife suffered "physical pain, suffering, anguish, fright, nervousness, anxiety, grief, shock, humiliation, indignity, embarrassment and apprehension," the suit states.
Nicole Sims, an attorney for the county, declined to comment on the suit.