Jacksonville, FL – A Jacksonville police officer who was shot multiple times during an impromptu traffic stop, in front of his young son, faced his would-be killer with a tube of K-Y Jelly at his sentencing Nov. 29.
During the sentencing of Kevin Rojas, 21, the police officer he’d shot and nearly killed waved a tube of the personal lubricant in the air, and told his assailant “You are going to need a lot of this,” The Florida Times-Union reported.
The police officer’s identity was not revealed because he works undercover.
In March of 2016, Rojas had a fight will his girlfriend and threatened to kill himself. She said he shot some bullets in the air, and then he took off in the car with the gun.
The police officer saw Rojas driving erratically and stopped him. Before the officer could get out of the car and approach him, Rojas began shooting at the officer through the windshield of his police car.
The officer was off duty, and had been driving his young son to school when he made the traffic stop. He was hit multiple times, including the face. His son was not injured.
Rojas ran away as the officer fired back. He stole a truck, went home, and barricaded himself in the house, causing a standoff with Jacksonville law enforcement.
When police saw Rojas pointing a weapon at them through a sliding glass door, they shot him in the torso, leg, and hand, and arrested him.
In October, a Jacksonville jury convicted Rojas of attempted first-degree murder, attempted manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, grand theft auto, and fleeing.
He was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum penalty for each of the crimes – life plus three 15-year sentences and two five-year sentences for the lesser charges – by Judge James Daniel.
The officer, a former Army soldier, called Rojas a coward at the sentencing, according to The Florida Times-Union.
“I will take those bullets instead of a fellow officer and an innocent bystander,” the officer said. “When I brought the fight back to you, you ran like a coward.”
Rojas declined to speak on his behalf at his sentencing. He also opted not to have character witnesses testify on his behalf.
His family fled the courtroom in tears after the sentencing, according to the Daily Mail.
Rojas will be eligible for parole in 25 years.