It was early Sunday morning when his car broke down at the side of the highway. As he waited for help to arrive, he was shot and killed by a police officer.
For this story let’s go back to Florida.
Just hours before the fateful encounter, 31 year old Corey Jones – a well known Church drummer in Florida – had just wrapped up a gig with his band, Future Prezidents, and was on l-95 heading home to Boynton Beach when his car broke down. Corey never made it home, as his life was permanently interrupted by Palm Beach Gardens officer, Nouman Raja.
Raja claimed that he stopped to investigate the car at the side of the road when he was confronted by an “armed subject.” Of course, Corey’s side will never be told.
“As the officer exited his vehicle, he was suddenly confronted by an armed subject,” Officer Ellen Lovejoy wrote in the release on Monday. “As a result of the confrontation, the officer discharged his firearm,” resulting in Jones’ death.
Police haven’t specified what type of weapon Jones had. And additional details about what led to the shooting haven’t been disclosed, pending an investigation.
The whole incident has left Jones’ family demanding answers.
“He was sitting on the side of the road and got shot,” said Jones’ uncle, Sylvester Banks Jr., of Clearwater. “We didn’t find out about it until about 12 hours later.”
Raja has been placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy. He has been with the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department since April, after working with the Atlantis Police Department, state records show.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting