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Detective Russell Lee Kuster | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California

Detective

Russell Lee Kuster

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 9, 1990

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 24 years, 6 months

Badge # 12884

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/9/1990

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Detective Russell Kuster was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a man who was waving a handgun in a restaurant. The suspect had gotten into an argument with the owner and left.

The man re-entered the bar with a 9 mm handgun and started waving it in the air. Detective Kuster, who was off duty and in the restaurant, was identified as a police officer by one of the restaurant employees. As Detective Kuster tried to talk the man into putting the gun down, the man opened fire, striking him in the chest and knees. Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Kuster was able to return fire and killed the suspect.

Detective Kuster had been employed with the Los Angeles Police Department for 24.5 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and two brothers.

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"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
~ Winston Churchill

A police officer is on duty 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; 365 days a year. Detective Kuster gave his life so that yur life would be more secure.

Detective Russell Lee Kuster is a true American hero.

Lieutenant / Sheriff Lloyd F. Emmons
Tennessee Highway Patrol - Retired | DeKalb County Sheriff - Retired
January 22, 2013

 

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