JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The 19-year-old charged with shooting and critically injuring a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office detective last month remains in a wheelchair after he was shot when police said he fled the scene.
Kevin Rojas has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, two counts of aggravated assault of a police officer, shooting into an occupied vehicle and other charges.
Rojas again appeared before a judge in a wheelchair as he is still recovering from being shot after pursuing officers caught up with him.
After the off-duty narcotics detective was shot during a traffic stop seven weeks ago, Rojas was chased and shot after refusing to drop a gun, police said.
One of Rojas' roommates said she had recently become afraid of him and bought a gun for protection. Police said that was the gun Rojas used to shoot the officer.
According to police, Rojas was driving erratically on the city's Westside after having an argument with his girlfriend. They said at one point, Rojas told the woman it would be his last day on earth.
Police said after the detective was shot, officers caught up to Rojas in a nearby neighborhood. They told him to drop his weapon, but they said he wouldn't, so they fired.
"He got shot in the ribs," said Amy Wyss, Kevin Rojas' mother, after the shooting.
Rojas remains held without bond. He is due back in court for a hearing on May 18.