Police Officer II Filberto Henry Cuesta, Jr.

Police Officer II Filberto Henry Cuesta, Jr.

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, August 9, 1998

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Filberto Henry Cuesta, Jr.

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.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 30753

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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My Dearest Filly

Can you believe our baby girl has graduated from College???Our baby girl has earned herself a Bachelor degree...she is working towards her goal to become a PA. It was such a joyous moment to see her in her gown . I wish you could have been there to share this moment with your Chama . I know you are as proud as I am. I’m doing my best without you here . So many wonderful things have happened to us.
Sierra went through the interview process to be a lifeguard supervisor and she was offered the position . Our little Sierra works hard. She bought herself a black pant suit and created a patient assessment card set in Spanish and English to help communicate with injured people at the beach. Missing you always...

Sylvia Cuesta

May 30, 2019

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