JACKSONVILLE, Florida — An undercover police officer taunted a baby-faced gunman who shot him, holding up a tube of lubricant and saying “you are going to need a lot of this,” as he was sentenced to life in prison.
Kevin Rojas, 21, was convicted of first-degree attempted murder in the March 2016 incident in which he fired through the windshield of the cop’s car, striking the officer three times, including once in the face, and narrowly missing his young son.
The gun play began after Rojas fought with his girlfriend and grabbed a gun, firing it into the air and then driving off erratically.
The undercover officer, who was taking his child to school, spotted Rojas and decided to pull him over, prompting the then 19-year-old to open fire. The officer shot back as Rojas ran. He stole a truck and was later shot by police after barricading himself inside his home.
“I will take those bullets instead of a fellow officer and an innocent bystander,” the officer said, according to the Florida Times-Union. “When I brought the fight back to you, you ran like a coward.”
The judge sentenced Rojas to the maximum sentence: life plus 15-years.