JSO officer taunts convicted shooter during sentencing

Posted December 02, 2017

A Florida detective who was repeatedly shot by a gunman past year pulled out a tube of K-Y jelly in court to taunt his attacker after he was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday.

Authorities say Kevin Rojas was fleeing a fight with his girlfriend in 2016 when the officer spotted him driving erratically and tried to pull him over. He was shot after police officers zoned in on him.

During the sentencing hearing Wednesday, the police officer took out a tube of K-Y Jelly and said, "I got a little gift for you".

"I go to pick up my radio to call in the traffic stop, but that's when I noticed the vehicle door opening", the undercover officer revealed in court, as reported by the Times-Union.

When the officer attempted to shoot back at Rojas, according to the Associated Press, he stole a auto and fled.

He also addressed the defendant telling him: "When I brought the fight back to you, you ran like a coward".

"I will take those bullets instead of a fellow officer and an innocent bystander", the officer said in court.

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The Times-Union reported that Rojas appeared "smug" as the officer spoke.

During the trial, the officer described the near-death encounter in detail, the Times-Union reports.

Rojas will be eligible for parole 25 years into his sentence.

"Obviously that day changed my life, and it will never be the same", the officer, who hasn't been named to protect his undercover work, said in court, News4Jax reports. "At this time, I know - I realize I got shot".

A 21-year-old man convicted of opening fire on an off-duty undercover detective and the detective's son during a traffic stop last year was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison.

"I'm pretty sure Mr. Rojas doesn't understand what the rest of his life means", said the judge, James Daniel.

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