• ‘He's extremely strong': Orlando officer who was shot remains critical

    By: Jeff Deal


    ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando police officer who was shot while responding to a domestic dispute overnight remains in critical condition, police said Monday. 

    Orlando police Officer Kevin Valencia was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. 

    “I visited with the family yesterday. They’re struggling, Kevin’s struggling. We haven’t had any new updates, but it’s day-to-day and he’s extremely critical,” said Orlando Police Union president Shawn Dunlap. 

    The shooting launched a standoff between police and the alleged gunman, Gary Lindsey. 

    Community support for Valencia has poured in since the shooting. 

    How to help: GoFundMe for Officer Valencia's medical needs

    “We want to thank the community. We've heard from all of our community and as a matter of fact, we've heard from all over the country. Everyone is sending prayers for Kevin and his family,” said Orlando police Chief John Mina. 

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    Sources told Channel 9 Valencia was shot in the eye. 

    Mina said Valencia, who is in his late 20s and has a wife and two young boys, ages 5 years old and 8 months old, is expected to survive. 

    “He’s extremely strong and we’re praying for the best,” Mina said. 

    Valencia’s wife is at the hospital with him, along with his family from South Florida. 

    Fellow officers have been meeting at the hospital and supporting his family. 

    The union has set up a GoFundMe account to help the family. Donations can also be made at Seacoast Bank branches through the Orlando Police Heroes Foundation.

    Records show Valencia started his law enforcement career with the Doral Police Department in 2014. 

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    A year later, he was given accolades in the city’s magazine after he jumped into a canal and pulled passengers from a submerged car. 

    READ: Long criminal past, rocky relationship led up to shooting of officer, four kids' deaths

    The Doral Police Department said its deepest prayers are with Valencia and his family.

    Valencia has been with the Orlando Police Department since 2016. 

    Mina said his officers are shaken up and the officers who were with him when he was shot have stayed by his side at the hospital. 

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