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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 love:
It's almost 2 am and I can't sleep. Tomorrow our Baby girl will apply to the University. I am filled with joy,excitement and a sense of emptiness that you are not here to share this beautiful time with us. Can you believe that her daughter is actually applying to go to a university? She is applying to UCLA Cal State Fullerton Cal State Long Beach your alma mater and UC Santa Barbara. Please watch over our baby girl. I hope you are proud . I wish you were here to meet Sammy's first boyfriend Parker. You would love him he is so sweet and respectful. Please watch over Sammy as she is driving. Sierra took her drivers permit and passed on her first time. I still have to take Sierra driving,however she seems very hesitant. I had a dream of you the other night and it seems so real you asked me so many questions about our girls and it made me so happy. I think God allows me to have those dreams to give me peace and to remind me that you are always here with us. You are my best friend and we love you

Sylvia Cuesta
Wife
November 30, 2014

 

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