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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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Fil, we were classmate in the LAPD academy and we so much in common. God bless you and your lovely family. You are a true hero. I have a picture of you in my desk to always remember. My wife also has you in your family in our prayers.
Peace my brother. Class 3-94

Detective Wilberto Torres
Tampa PD
August 26, 2014

 

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