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Monday, August 10, 1998

Media Relations

LAPD Press Release on Officer Cuesta 8/10/98

August 10, 1998

We regret to announce the death of Los Angeles Police Officer Filbert Cuesta. Officer Cuesta was fatally wounded during an ambush attack on August 9, 1998. He was pronounced dead on August 9, 1998, at 3 PM, at Cedar Sinai Hospital.

Officer Cuesta was born in La Mirada, California, on November 11, 1971. He attended Saint Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs, graduating in 1989. He received an AA degree from Cerritos College in 1992. Officer Cuesta joined LAPD on March 21, 1994.

Officer Cuesta is survived by his wife Sylvia, his 18 month 1 daughter Samantha, and one month old daughter Sierra Rose.

Los Angeles Police Department and Officer Cuesta's family is currently coordinating funeral arrangements, however a date and time has not been determined at this time.

Assistance for the family of Officer Filbert Cuesta may be sent to:

Sylvia Cuesta c/o
The Law Firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher
333 S. Grand Ave. Suite 4600
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Attn: Tom Holliday

For Release 1500. PST
August 10, 1998