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Police Officer II Filberto Henry Cuesta, Jr. | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California

Police Officer II

Filberto Henry Cuesta, Jr.

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, August 9, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 30753

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/9/1998

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Officer Filberto Cuesta was shot and killed as he sat in his cruiser while waiting for backup units at a large party. Shots were fired on the officers from behind their vehicle and one bullet struck Officer Cuesta in the head. Officer Cuesta's partner was able to return fire. Although Officer Cuesta's partner tried to stop the bleeding with a tourniquet Officer Cuesta succombed to the injury.

Several suspects were detained for questioning and in the ensuing investigation, a shooter was identified and later convicted and sentenced to life.

Officer Cuesta had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 4 years. He is survived by his wife and two young daughters, ages 18 months and 4 weeks.

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My dearest Fil-
I have so much to tell you. Can you believe our baby SAM is driving? Watch over her. I always tell her she has guardian angels watching over her. Sierra says she is in no hurry to start driving. I am going to encourage her to take the written test and then I'll go from there. Girls continue to play water polo. Sam made varsity and Sierra is on jv. Christmas was exciting this year. Nepo and Gary bought the girls southwest crash jackets with the crash logo and it reads"welcome to the jungle!" The girls were so excited. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and wish you were enjoying watching your girls grow up. Aaron is up in San Fran for college. Watch over him. Jacob is almost done with pharmacy school and Annie will soon be going to high school. I am working full time now and I love it. Kids are wonderful. Someday I'll get to tell you all of my stories in person.
Missing you today...
Love Sylvia

Sylvia Cuesta
January 15, 2014


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