Details murky in fatal police shooting of Florida musician Corey Jones – Los Angeles Times

The killing of a musician by a police officer has ignited familiar tensions in Florida, with family members questioning the officer’s actions as police contend the dead man had a handgun at the scene.

As with many other police-involved shootings that have sparked a national discussion about race and law enforcement tactics in the last year and a half, the details surrounding the killing of 31-year-old Corey Jones are murky.

Jones, described by local media as a musician from Boynton Beach, Fla., was shot after he was confronted by Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman Raja, 38, on the side of a highway around 3 a.m. Sunday.

Jones had just finished a show with his band when his car broke down, a band mate told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Raja was in plainclothes and driving an unmarked car when he approached Jones’ vehicle, according to police.

In a news release, police said Raja was “suddenly confronted by an armed subject” as he got out of his vehicle.

“As a result of the confrontation, the officer discharged his firearm,” resulting in Jones’ death, the statement read.

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