Detective Russell Lee Kuster

Detective Russell Lee Kuster

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, October 9, 1990

Russell Lee Kuster

Detective Russell Kuster was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a man who was waving a handgun in a restaurant. The suspect had gotten into an argument with the owner and left.

The man re-entered the bar with a 9 mm handgun and started waving it in the air. Detective Kuster, who was off duty and in the restaurant, was identified as a police officer by one of the restaurant employees. As Detective Kuster tried to talk the man into putting the gun down, the man opened fire, striking him in the chest and knees. Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Kuster was able to return fire and killed the suspect.

Detective Kuster had been employed with the Los Angeles Police Department for 24.5 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and two brothers.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 24 years, 6 months
  • Badge 12884

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I just drove past the street sign placed in your honor. I had to read up on what actually occurred. My heart breaks even though it was 27 years ago. I never had a chance to meet you but I still consider you family. Rest In Peace my brother ... Thank you for your Service

Homicide Detective (Ret)
San Diego Sheriff’s Department

December 29, 2017

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