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 Russ Kuster, Detective

Russ Kuster

Tuesday, October 9, 1990



Kuster, Russ

Rank: Detective

Serial Number: 12884

Division: Hollywood

Location: 3365 Barham Blvd.

Date Killed: Tuesday, October 9, 1990

Cause of Death: Shot by an Assault with a Deadly
Weapon suspect.

Bio: Detective Kuster was shot and killed as he
attempted to stop a man who was waving a handgun in a restaurant.
The suspect had gotten into an argument wit the owner and left. The
suspect 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, tried to talk the man into putting the gun down, but
the man instead 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 with the Department for 24.5 years and
was survived by his wife, parents, and two brothers.

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