JSO officer taunts convicted shooter during sentencing

JSO officer taunts convicted shooter during sentencing

Life in prison for man who tried to kill Jacksonville detective, son

A police officer taunted the Jacksonville man who was convicted of shooting him multiple times past year when he took out a tube of personal lubricant in court and told him "You are going to need a lot of this", according to local reports.

The detective testified he pulled Rojas over on Collins Road for driving erratically on March 9, 2016. Other officers followed him into a nearby neighborhood, where he was caught after being shot. The officer was sporting a ballistic vest that said "police" on it at the time, WLTV reports. In the aftermath, the officer was hit three times, with his son unhurt.

Kevin Rojas, the 21-year-old who shot a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office officer during a gun battle in 2016, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday.

The officer returned fire.

"I brought a little gift for you", the detective told Rojas at his sentencing hearing, according to Action News Jax, while pulling out a bottle of lubricant. The officer was hit once in the face and was critically injured, according to the Florida Times-Union.

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

A jury found him guilty in October on charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, grand theft auto and fleeing.

The officer said in court that the incident changed his life forever.

Rojas stole a truck and fled the scene racing back to his home and barricading himself inside.

Rojas will have to serve at least 25 years before he is eligible for parole. The officer is not being named to protect his undercover status.

"I'm pretty sure Mr. Rojas doesn't understand what the rest of his life means", Judge James Daniel said Wednesday, the Times-Union reports.

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