Corey Jones Laid To Rest In West Palm Beach

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cop Who Shot Corey Jones Wasn’t Qualified For Undercover.

On October 18, Jones was fatally shot during a confrontation with Nouman Raja, a Palm Beach Gardens officer who pulled up alongside Jones’ broken-down vehicle in an unmarked van, without his police badge. The Rev Al Sharpton was expected to deliver the eulogy on Saturday at the funeral of Florida musician Corey Jones, who was shot dead by a plainclothes police officer earlier this month. Jones’ death, the latest in a string of fatal incidents involving police and black men, has sparked calls for greater transparency after the local sheriff’s office released few details following the shooting. A confrontation ensued and Raja, who is of South Asian descent, fired six shots, hitting the 31-year-old Jones three times, according to the state attorney’s office.

On the night of the incident, Jones was driving home after playing with his band when his vehicle broke down near a highway exit ramp in Boynton Beach around 3:15 a.m. reported WPBF. Jones was in possession of a legally purchased handgun when the shooting occurred but he also had a concealed weapons permit, according to Palm Beach County state attorney Dave Aronberg. Melissa Jones said that Corey needed the gun for protection because he carried expensive drum equipment and was often out at late hours playing music gigs.

Telephone records obtained by the Palm Beach Post show Jones at the time of the shooting had been on a 53-minute phone call with an AT&T roadside assistance representative. He has since been placed on administrative leave with pay. “We take this investigation very seriously and as such, we cannot afford to rush, cut corners or appear to be partial,” Aronberg said in an emailed statement.

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