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UPDATED: Man Shot by Deputy in SCHS Lot

The incident happened early Tuesday morning and the school district released a statement for parents.

An Orange County sheriff's deputy shot a man after a traffic stop near San Clemente High School early Tuesday, authorities said.

The shooting happened around 4:45 a.m., according to Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The man, who was driving a white Yukon SUV, pulled over into the school parking lot at the west entrance off Avenida Pico. He drove deep into the parking lot and rammed through a swing gate that leads to the athletic fields, Amormino said.

The deputy subsequently shot him, but Amormino said it was unclear why. The reason for the traffic stop was also unknown.

UPDATE: On Wednesday, officials said the driver died from his wounds and was a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. .

At the scene hours later, the Yukon appeared to have front-end damage from the gate, and the driver's window appeared to be shot out.

Amormino said he didn't know whether the suspect exited the vehicle before he was shot.

The man was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. Officials have not released information on his injuries. No deputies were wounded.

Amormino said he didn't know whether a second person was in the Yukon, but bloodhounds and a helicopter were still on scene at about 8:30 a.m. A deputy was stationed at the wall behind McDonalds where the drainage ravine passes the school.

As with all officer-involved shootings, the Orange County District Attorney will investigate the incident.

School operations will not be affected, Amormino said.

The Capistrano Unified School District sent out this information to parents this morning:

There is currently a law enforcement investigation closing a portion of the San Clemente High School parking lot. The trail from upper campus to lower campus is also closed. Students will be escorted through the neighborhood from upper to lower campus if necessary.

All regularly scheduled classes are in session today.

This incident did not occur during school hours nor did it involve any students. This investigation will cause some traffic congestion, so we recommend giving yourselves extra time to drop off or pick up your students today. When you arrive near campus, please follow the directions of law enforcement and school staff as we try to quickly and safely direct traffic to alternate parking and drop off areas.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact the District hotline at 949-234-5575.

Stay with Patch for more details.

julie February 09, 2012 at 08:42 PM
IF YOU LOOK AT ALL THE PICTURES OF THE YUKON, THE FRONT END DAMAGE IS JUST LIGHTLY SCRAPED WITH SOME PAINT SCUFFS..THIS DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A SUV THAT "CRASHED AT A HIGH SPEED THROUGH A METAL BAR GATE" .....SOUNDS LIKE AN EXAGGERATED STORY TO ME.
Maria Brophy February 11, 2012 at 10:32 PM
This story is the reason I don't ready the papers anymore. I am so saddened by this entire thing. This poor man, who was a decorated Marine, a loving husband and father, and who volunteered time in Nursing homes, was gunned down by a police officer for no reason. The man's children were in the back seat of his car and watched their father get shot. They will never be the same after this. The grief must be unbearable. The man's wife is pregnant as well. God help this family. I am so sad for them. It's hard for me to have faith in our police dept. when they shoot respected fathers and marines. What will they do to others who aren't as well respected?! It's very scary.
V. Duvall February 13, 2012 at 05:28 AM
A few of you need to take an English class. Learn some grammar, learn how to spell and then put your brain in gear before you write your comments down.
V. Duvall February 13, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Mina, when you went to SCHS, did you pass English?
Jake Thank you for your comments, which appear that you have seen Sgt Loggins bring his daughters to the athletic field before and may have witnessed what happened. Please call Special Agent Heisy at CID/NIS Camp Pen CA (760) 725-3660 thank you San Clemente for stepping forward for Sgt Loggins. Sgt Loggins Constitutional Protections as a member of the Armed Forces and as an African-American were violated along with his daughters rights...The Sgt may have been praying, recalling scriptures or listening to gospel music on headphones and may not have been aware that he was being ambushed until he was hit from the blind side by the deputy. Please have Sgt Loggins family call me so we can have the clergy, civil rights community along with the Dept of Justice DOJ and Camp Pen folks engaged and sharing notes on this tragedy. OCSD bad apple has the balls & ignorance to kill a Sgt of Marines who happened to be a Black Man in San Clemente during Black History month? (IN A MARINE TOWN?!). I'm at (714) 606-3759 mv_williams@hotmail.com There is nothing honorable regarding this deputy killing Sgt. Loggins.The streets in SC are Crimson & Gold. Dr. MLK Jr once said he could understand the vitriolic evil from the EVIL MEN but he couldn't understand the APPALLING SILENCE FROM THE GOOD MEN. GUTCHECK TIME FOR EVERYBODY TO DO THE RIGHT THING. It is involuntary or voluntary manslaughter. The Violations of Sgt Loggins as Veteran and African American DWB (Driving While Black) is Federal Prison!!

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