Detective Russell Lee Kuster

Detective Russell Lee Kuster

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, October 9, 1990

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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.

Bio

  • 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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Well, another year has gone by!! It's hard to believe its been" 29" years since that horrible day on Oct. 9, 1990. You would really be an" OLD-DAD" now (79)!! If I'm able next year, I think I'll try and come out to LA for the Police memorial they have every year in May. No. 30 for you. I still Miss and think about you everyday. You were the "BEST"!!!

HARRY KUSTER
Brother

October 9, 2019

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