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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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Thank-you for your dedicated service to the city of Angels Detective Kuster. Thank-you for wearing law enforcements most honorable badge. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten, 25 years has passed since you were taken from us, you will remain in our thoughts and hearts forever. Once a part of the LAPD family, always a part of the LAPD family. R.I.P. Detective, go walk heaven's beat with the angels.

Security Officer Cole Phelps
LAPD Supporter
October 9, 2015


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