ORLANDO, Fla. — After spending months at a rehabilitation center in Atlanta, Officer Kevin Valencia has returned to Orlando and will be transferred to a Central Florida medical facility, Orlando Police said Wednesday.
- Officer Kevin Valencia returns to Central Florida
- Orlando Police say he will go to undisclosed facility
- Valencia was shot during a standoff in June 2018
Valencia was scheduled to fly into Orlando Executive Airport on Wednesday afternoon, but Orlando Police Sgt. Eduardo Bernal announced not long before his scheduled arrival time that "today's event will have to be postponed."
In a subsequent release, Bernal said the Valencia family had decided to keep the officer's return private.
Valencia has been at Shepherd Center in Georgia, a rehab facility that specializes in the kind of trauma Valencia is suffering from. He has been in a coma since he was shot in the head in a June 10, 2018 standoff.
Bernal said in a news release that Valenica’s condition has not changed. Eventually, Valencia will be transferred to an undisclosed rehab center in the Orlando area.
“We remain committed to helping (wife) Meghan and the Valencia family during this incredibly difficult time,” the Orlando Police spokesman said.
During the standoff, Valencia was responding with other police officers to a report of a domestic dispute at the Westbrook Apartments off Kirkman Road.
A man inside, Gary Lindsey Jr., opened fire, striking Valencia. This triggered an 18-hour standoff that ended with the deaths of Lindsey and four children inside.
CLARIFICATION: Based on information provided by the Orlando Police Department, an earlier version of this article said that Officer Kevin Valencia's return to Orlando Executive Airport had been postponed. The story has been changed to say that Valencia was still scheduled to return to the Orlando area today, but he would not be flying into that airport and that his return would not be made public. We regret the confusion.