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Wife of Injured Police Officer Sues Estate Of Shooter


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Orlando police Sgt. Eduardo Bernal says Valencia's condition remains unchanged. Photo: Orlando Police Department Twitter

Orlando police Sgt. Eduardo Bernal says Valencia's condition remains unchanged. Photo: Orlando Police Department Twitter

The wife of a comatose Orlando police officer is suing the estate of the gunman who shot him. The owner of the apartment complex where the gunman lived also faces litigation.

The lawsuit filed in Orange County Circuit Court on behalf of Officer Kevin Valencia seeks damages in excess of $15,000

It accuses the Westbrook Apartments owner and its managing company of negligence for allowing 35-year-old Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr. to live in the apartment complex given his extensive criminal history.

Valencia was shot in the face during a more than 20-hour standoff last year with Lindsey. Authorities say Lindsey also shot and killed four young children during the ordeal before killing himself.   

Valencia has been in a coma since the shooting.


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After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to WMFE, the station that grew her love for public radio. She graduated with a double-major in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!). While at UCF, she ... Read Full Bio »

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