Information: Cuesta, 26, died Sunday, Aug. 9, when he was shot in the head by bullets fired through the rear window of his patrol car. He and his partner, Officer Richard Gabaldon, were outside a party where gang members had shown up. They were waiting for backup units to arrive when the shooting occurred. Catarino Gonzalez Jr., 20, surrendered to authorities Aug. 11 after learning he was wanted for the shooting. He is known for gang activity and has been arrested numerous times since 1994.
Information:Brown was the victim of a gang shooting on Sunday, Nov. 29, as he and his partner, Francisco Dominguez, chased two gunmen. The gunmen who had just committed a fatal drive-by shooting in Culver City peppered the squad car with assault-weapon fire. Brown, who didn't have time to get out of his car or draw his weapon, was struck in the head. Brown died at the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center shortly after the incident.
Information: Beyea's career was cut short June 8 by a suspected burglar who wrestled the rookie's revolver away from him. Beyea, 24, died in uniform on the street, a .38 caliber bullet through is head. Beyea's fellow officers killed one suspect in his slaying several hours later. Another suspect was in custody.