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


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

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: 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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My Uncle Russ was a true hero. It's unbelievable it's been 25 years! I was 20 years old when I got the call my uncle was killed. It was crushing to the family, especially my Aunt Susie. Besides his police work, he was fun to hang out with, he walked cool, talked cool, and smoked cool. He loved his work and his Roys. We'd get so excited to hear all the detective stories he'd tell us. My friends and I came to visit one summer at age 16 and he specifically told us where NOT to go and of course we went. When we got home he said I know where you've been and that scared the crap out of me, he didn't tell my parents. Haaaa that's one cool uncle. He also told me about the marines and he was proud to be one. Wish he was still around, would love to hear all the "war" stories again. Love you, Uncle Russ they don't make cops like you anymore.

Megan Williams
September 29, 2015


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