Fla. police officer dies after being shot in 2018 standoff
Officer Kevin Valencia had been fighting for his life since the incident, officials said
Duty Death: Kevin Valencia - [Orlando, Florida]
End of Service: 03/15/2021
By Suzie Ziegler
ORLANDO, Fla. — A police officer who was critically wounded in a 2018 standoff has died, Orlando Police announced Monday.
Officer Kevin Valencia suffered critical injuries after he was shot in the head while responding to a domestic violence incident. According to WKMG, Valencia died from complications related to his injuries.
“Since that tragic night, Officer Kevin Valencia has been fighting for his life with his family by his side,” said Chief Orlando Rolón in a statement. “It is with deep regret and heartache that I inform you of the passing of Officer Valencia.”
Valencia leaves behind a wife and two children.
To his squad mates, all the members of OPD, & those with whom he worked throughout his law enforcement career in Orlando & South Florida, we stand together to honor the hero, husband, father, son, brother, and friend who selflessly gave his life to protect the city he served. pic.twitter.com/222WXkCcWE— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) March 15, 2021
This evening, Officer Kevin Valencia was escorted by our officers, as well as those from other agencies. Brother, we’ll take it from here... pic.twitter.com/UcywwuLdug— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) March 16, 2021