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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

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: 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 Filly: tomorrow our baby girl graduates from high school. I know you would be so proud of our little girl. Today Gary went to SAMs school and gave her your bracelet that you would wear in memory of your good friend Kevin Esnault. Gary held on that bracelet for 17 years. He wanted to give it to her when she graduated from high school. He met Parker and thought he was a really good kid. He said you would be proud . Tomorrow will be so hard for us to do this without you . Sam left a message for your dad I hope he makes it. Sam really wants his grandpa Cuesta at her graduation. Today out baby Sierra passed her driving test!!!! I know you were right there with her. Thank you Heavenly Father for taking the wheel and guiding our baby Sierra rose. AAA insurance is going to love us.

Wife Sylvia Cuesta
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June 10, 2015

 

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