An undercover officer made sure to show his disdain for the 21-year-old man who tried to kill him during the defendant’s sentencing. The officer’s name, which is being withheld to protect his identity, held up a tube of KY Lube in court and told the man, “You are going to need a lot of this.”
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Kevin Rojas of Jacksonville, Florida, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after he was pulled over by an undercover officer when he was 19 years old. The undercover officer had his son in the car with him as he was taking him to school.
The officer looked away for one moment during the stop and was shot at multiple times, ultimately hitting him in the face, torso and hand. According to the Daily Mail, the officer fired his firearm as Rojas fled. “When I brought the fight back to you, you ran like a coward,” the officer said to Rojas in court after he was sentenced Wednesday.
“It only took for me to look away for one second, and he was already on top of me trying to kill me.”
The officer let Rojas he had no issue taking those bullets. “I will take those bullets instead of a fellow officer and an innocent bystander.”
Rojas stole a nearby car and fled back to his apartment where he barricaded himself inside the home. The Jacksonville police soon surrounded Rojas’ home, and a standoff ensued.
During the standoff, Rojas was shot through a glass door after refusing to drop the gun he was holding. He was hit in the torso, leg, and hand, according to First Coast News.
“Obviously that day changed my life, and it will never be the same,” the officer said in court. Rojas declined to speak during the court proceeding, but the Times-Union reported Rojas had a “smug” demeanor as he was being sentenced, often smiling when the officer spoke.
Rojas’ family left the courtroom in tears after hearing the verdict. The 21-year-old will be eligible for parole after 20 years served.