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

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

Kevin Rojas, 21, was sentenced to life in prison for the attempted murder of an undercover Jacksonville police officer, who was taking his 14-year-old child to school when he was ambushed and shot by Rojas, then 19, during a stop for reckless driving, The Florida Times-Union reported.

The detective testified he pulled Rojas over on Collins Road for driving erratically on March 9, 2016. He was shot after police officers zoned in on him. He wasn't on duty, but he was wearing a ballistic vest with the text "police" on it, WTLV reports. Other officers pursued him, and shot Rojas three times before he was apprehended.

Rojas was pulled over by the cop when he fired through the windscreen, striking the officer three times including once in the face.

A Florida police officer confronted the man who nearly killed him in court on Wednesday and he used K-Y Jelly to taunt his almost-murderer. "When I brought the fight back to you, you ran like a coward". The son wasn't injured, and the detective managed to shoot Rojas before he fled the scene, according to the station.

"I brought a little gift for you", the officer told Rojas, according to Action News Jax.

The officer, who made a full recovery, said in court: 'I will take those bullets instead of a fellow officer and an innocent bystander.

The officer returned fire, and Rojas fled.

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

It will be 25 years before Rojas can be considered for parole, according to News4Jax. 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", said the judge, James Daniel.