Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Man who shot undercover JSO cop three times gets life in prison

JSO officer taunts convicted shooter during sentencing Life in prison for man who tried to kill Jacksonville detective, son
Kenny Thornton | 01 December, 2017, 23:40

Police later arrested Rojas after he stole a truck.

Rojas had been running away from a fight with his live-in girlfriend, police said, when the off-duty officer had tried to make the 2016 traffic stop, the Times-Union reports.

The officer, who was taking his child to school at the time, made a decision to pull Rojas after noticing the wild driving.

Rojas looked "smug" when the officer, a former Army solider, called him a "coward" in court, according to the newspaper. Other officers followed him into a nearby neighborhood, where he was caught after being shot. He returned fire but did not hit the suspect. Three bullets hit the officer, including in the face.

The officer then took out a tube of K-Y Jelly, a personal lubricant, and said: "You are going to need a lot of this".

The officer said his life was changed forever.

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.

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"When I brought the fight back, you ran like a coward", the officer said, Action News Jax reports.

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. "When I see the vehicle door opening, I start to look behind me to go open my door".

The officer's supervisors were aware of the incident and will address it, according to local reports. I see the blood splatter.

Rojas didn't speak for himself, but his attorney asked the judge to consider Rojas' challenging young life.

He was sentenced to life behind bars on Wednesday as he appeared to smirk at the courtroom. "At this time, I know - I realize I got shot".

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