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.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 30753

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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NEVER FORGOTTEN!
"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13
On August 9, 1998, Officer Filberto (Fil) Henry Cuesta, Jr. of the LAPD was assassinated by a worthless cowardly weakling. Thank you for your service and sacrifice Fil. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Your lovely daughters are a legacy that any father would be proud of.

Paul Philipps Chief (Ret.)
Parsippany Police Department

August 9, 2019

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