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Off-Duty Jacksonville Detective Shot, Critically Wounded Making Traffic Stop

March 09, 2016  | 

(Clockwise) Windshield of the officer's car, suspect Kevin Rojas, and pistol reportedly used in attack. (Photos: Jacksonville SO)
(Clockwise) Windshield of the officer's car, suspect Kevin Rojas, and pistol reportedly used in attack. (Photos: Jacksonville SO)

An off-duty Jacksonville, FL, sheriff's detective was taking his son to school when he was shot and critically wounded during an impromptu traffic stop, police said Wednesday.

It wasn't immediately clear why the plainclothes narcotics detective chose to stop a white Cadillac, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief Tom Hackney told the Associated Press. The man who shot the officer had just threatened his girlfriend with a gun and was reported as being suicidal.

The detective, who is not being identified because he works undercover, was wearing a "body armor" style vest when he got out of his car to approach the suspect, Hackney said. The word "police" was marked clearly on the vest.

The driver immediately opened fire, Hackney said, hitting the detective in the head, upper body, and hand. The detective was out of surgery Wednesday afternoon and in critical but "more stable condition."

Suspect Kevin Rojas, 19, has been arrested for attempted murder and aggravated battery.

The suspect was shot by police at another location after he reportedly stole a vehicle when he fled the scene of shooting the officer. The suspect is currently in the hospital.


Comments (6)

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Leonard @ 3/9/2016 6:16 PM

Speedy recovery to the officer and his family. But I have to ask, what the hell was he thinking, making a stop with his kid in the car? What a terrible thing his kid had to see.

Nightstalker @ 3/10/2016 8:32 PM

I agree with you Leonard, this is the way officers get killed.

plato's playdough @ 3/11/2016 3:45 AM

Florida Gun Laws require 21yrs as the minimum age to carry.

How did he get that firearm??

Mike Hunt @ 3/11/2016 2:12 PM

I sure hope that the officer ends up okay.

NOW I SURE HOPE HIS SON HEALS FROM THIS HORRIFIC INCIDENT. TALK ABOUT PSTD? IF THIS WAS MY PD, I PROMISE YOU THAT I WOULD TAKE MAJOR DISCIPLENARY ACTION AGAINST THIS KNUCKLEHEAD. HE WOULD BE TERMINATED. ITS ONE THING TO COME UPON SOMETHING IN PROGRESS, ITS ANOTHEER THING TO INITIATE AN INCIDENT. EVEN IF HE KNEW THE ACCUSED WAS WANTED, HE COULD HAVE HUNG BACK. THIS GUY IS FROM THE GENERATION THAT IS DOING ALL THIS STUPID SHIT THAT IS MAKING US ALL LOOK BAD! THEY HAVE TO BE WEEDED OUT. YOU CANNOT TEACH COMMON SENSE AND THE 25 TO 35 AGE GROUP IS SERIOUSLY LACKING IT!

Corporal James Barth @ 3/11/2016 10:15 PM

All my thoughts and prayers to the Jacksonville S.O. Detective for a full and speedy recovery and return to duty. God bless you my brother

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/29/2016 10:06 AM

Your brothers and sisters across America are praying for you. God bless you.

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