MIAMI, Fla. – After spending a year in a coma following a violent shootout, an injured officer is feeling the love from his supporters.

Miami native and famous recording artist, Pitbull took the stage on Saturday night to raise money for wounded Orlando Police Officer Kevin Valencia.

Valencia was severely injured in 2018 when he was shot during a gun battle with an armed suspect who had taken four young children hostage. The suspect had reportedly been involved in a domestic dispute and then barricaded himself in an apartment with the kids.

Chief Orlando Rolon addressing the crowd before the concert began. (Orlando Police)

 

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When officers sought to take Lindsey into custody at the apartment, a shootout began.

Officer Valencia was struck by a round in the face during the exchange of fire. Officers eventually made entry into the residence and discovered the gunman and the children dead inside. The suspect reportedly killed the children and then took his own life.

Valencia was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition, falling into a coma for the better part of a year.

Now Valencia is on the mend and is facing massive medical costs from stemming from the shootout.

When Pitbull decided to put on the benefit concert to raise money for the family, thousands of people came out to offer their support.

And it paid off, big time.

“I’m very proud to announce, humbly, that we’ve been able to raise a million dollars to help Kevin Valencia,” the officer’s attorney Dan Newlin said right before the concert kicked off.

 

“That kind of support is what convinces us, the members of this profession… it is with true honor and a privilege that we serve your community,” said Chief Orlando Rolon. “because of this support that you’re showing tonight… we’re going to serve with courage, pride and commitment.”

In the video, Rolon’s words are met with cheers and applause from the audience, showing the families of fallen or injured officers that the community truly does care about the members of law enforcement. 

 

Valencia’s wife had reportedly made it very clear that their family was in need of help. 

“She said, ‘Dan, I really want to bring my husband home,’” Newlin said. “We have a small house. We need a house with a room that Kevin can live in, but we don’t have the money. I said, ‘Meghan, you came to the right place at the right time.’”

The $1 million that was raised for the injured officer’s family will be first transferred to the Fraternal Order of Police and then given to the Valencia family.

 

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