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Child porn suspect kills self during traffic stop, Kissimmee police say

He was wanted for possession of child porn, according to police

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Kissimmee Police Department said a 48-year-old man wanted on suspicion of possession of child pornography shot and killed himself during a traffic stop.

Around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers attempted to make contact with Luis Valentin along John Young Parkway just north of Mabbette Street. Kissimmee police Deputy Chief Daniel Schad said an unmarked patrol vehicle pulled Luis Valentin over and two detectives approached on each side of the vehicle.

The detectives quickly realized that Luis Valentin had a gun and his 7-year-old and 11-year-old children were in the vehicle.

"Due to the brave actions of that one detective, he actually opened the door, grabbed the children and brought them immediately to safely," Schad said.

Luis Valentin pointed the handgun at his head and then at a detective, officials said.

Authorities backed away to secure the situation and pin the vehicle in and that's when Luis Valentin shot himself in the chest. He died at the scene.

The two children were taken to the police station where they were reunited with their mother.

The child pornography investigation is still active so Schad could not comment on the specific details of the allegations against Luis Valentin. He said the case involves victims that are known and unknown.

On Thursday, Luis Valentin's daughter through video chat from Illinois said her father had told her about the investigation. 

"He had no worries," Jessica Valentin said with tears in her eyes. "His own words were, 'It is what it is, I'm not guilty of anything and I didn't do anything.'"

Jessica Valentin said her father was an Army veteran who had PTSD and installed cameras inside his home. 

"He put them up because things started going missing and people were coming into his house and he wanted to feel safe," Jessica Valentin said. "I knew he had cameras in the house, he's a vet, he's a vet with PTSD." 

Jessica Valentin said her dad gave over videos to officers investigating from the cameras that were up in his house. 

"He willingly gave up the videos," Jessica Valentin said. "If you are a guilty person, why would you do that? He's not this person that they are making him out to be."

Kissimmee Police would not elaborate on what kind of evidence they had to generate probable cause for his arrest, just adding the investigation is ongoing. 

While attempting to respond to the scene, another officer flipped their car over on John Young Parkway. The officer walked away uninjured

John Young Parkway was briefly shut down as a result of the incident. All lanes later reopened.