During the sentence hearing for the young Jacksonville man convicted of shooting an officer, a tube of KY jelly was used to taunt the suspect, who was given a life sentence.
On Wednesday, reporters noticed Kevin Rojas appeared smug in court when the officer whom he shot called him a coward and said he would have a tough time in prison. The situation became incredibly tense when the officer then took out a tube of K-Y Jelly and said, “You are going to need a lot of this,” reported the Jacksonville Times-Union.
The shooting took place in March 2016 when Rojas had fought with his girlfriend, grabbed a gun and said that day may be his last, according to police. Then Rojas got into his car and erratically sped off.
At this moment, an unnamed undercover officer — who was taking his child to school — attempted to pull Rojas over. During the pursuit, Rojas, 21, began shooting through the windshield of the officer’s car. Three of Rojas’ bullets hit the officer, including one in the face. Fortunately, the officer’s son was not hit.
The officer immediately fired back at Rojas, who ran away. Later on, Rojas stole a truck, drove back to his neighborhood and barricaded himself in his home. Rojas was shot in the torso, leg and hand after police officers said they saw him through the sliding glass door pointing a gun at them.
Rojas was found guilty by a jury 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.
In court, the officer, a former Army soldier, addressed Rojas.
“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.”
(Photo: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)