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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

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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How Time Flies By. Today Aug. I, 2016 is 50 yrs. since you joined the LAPD, and I went in the Army on the same Day. You were 26 yrs. old and I was 19. I still think about the good times we had growing up and when I would come visit you in LA. I miss and think about you everyday. Your Brother Harry.

Harry G. Kuster
Brother
August 1, 2016

 

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