A police officer taunted the Jacksonville man who shot him multiple times last year by taking out a tube of K-Y Jelly personal lubricant in court Wednesday and saying, “You are going to need a lot of this,” local reports said. Kevin Rojas, then 19, shot the undercover police officer three times during a 2016 traffic stop, including once in the face, the Florida Times-Union reported. The critically-wounded officer, who was taking his son to school during the incident, returned fire but did not hit Rojas. His son was not injured. Local reports did not identify the undercover officer. In October, Rojas was found guilty of numerous felonies, including attempted first-degree murder, grand theft auto, attempted manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday. The wounded officer, who formerly served in the Army, began by calling Rojas a coward at the sentencing hearing, the Florida Times-Union reported. “I will take those bullets instead of a fellow officer and an innocent bystander,” the officer said, according to the Times-Union. “When I brought the fight back to you, you ran like a coward.” The officer then produced a tube of K-Y Jelly and told Rojas he would “need a lot” of it in prison, according to local reports. When questioned by a judge in a 30-minute hearing about the stunt, the officer refused to comment, the Times-Union reported. The officer’s supervisors were aware of the incident and will address it, according to local reports.
Let’s hope those sups give the good officer a medal! The man took 3 bullets, including one in the face!! His little “stunt” was funny and the judge should have laughed or shook his head and let it go; NOT berate the poor officer for such a little thing. Glad this piece of garbage Kevin Rojas was given life in prison.
A Florida sheriff’s office posted a controversial message on social media, urging citizens to arm themselves in self-defense. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted the video on Facebook Wednesday, two days after a deadly workplace shooting in nearby Orlando claimed the lives of five people. “Folks, now more than ever is the time for our citizens to be prepared to serve as the first line of defense, not only for them, but for their families,” Sheriff Ivey said. As images of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting and Pulse nightclub massacre flashed on-screen, Ivey warned residents that attacks have happened locally as well as abroad. “What’s next is to fully understand that this is war, and you better be prepared to wage war to protect you, your family, and those around you if attacked,” he said. Ivey stressed that attackers rely on people running, hiding, and waiting for help, rather than fighting back. “What they don’t count on is being attacked themselves, having to become defensive to save their own lives,” Ivey argued. The sheriff said that calling 911 means officers are on their way, but said, “Until they arrive, it’s up to you and those with you to neutralize or eliminate the threat.” Ivey encouraged people to take self-defense classes, and urged those with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns with them at all times. “No matter who you are or what your position is on guns, there’s no denying the fact that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun or a knife is an armed and well-prepared citizen or law enforcement officer,” Ivey said. The sheriff’s message received a mixed response.
I’m sure.. But, Sheriff Ivey is exactly right!! As a concealed carry person myself, I’m always armed. And, it doesn’t hurt that I have many years of experience as a “field grade” Army officer, including time in Afghanistan, etc. If you don’t have a concealed carry permit, consider getting one…as well as a concealed carry firearm. Then, spend time on your local firing range. Its a great hobby, and is something you do with your family and loved ones. Kudos to Sheriff Ivey for having the courage in this day and age to put such a message out there. Excellent!! 🙂