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Officer Nouman Raja has been arrested in the Oct. 18 death of Corey Jones, 31, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said at a news conference.
Corey Jones’ SUV had broken down on an Interstate 95 off ramp. He got out and called for a tow truck when Raja pulled up in an unmarked car.
Raja was investigating a string of burglaries and was in civilian clothes.
Jones and Raja pulled guns on each other. Nouman Raja fired six shots, hitting Corey Jones three times. Jones never fired.
Jones had a concealed weapons permit and was legally allowed to carry the gun.
Nouman Raja, was fired shortly after the shooting.
State Attorney Dave Aronberg on Wednesday announced that a grand jury found the shooting "unjustified."
Corey Jones was on his cellphone with a roadside assistance operator when Raja approached and their initial interaction was recorded, according to the State Attorney's Office findings.
According to the transcript of the call, Jones is first heard saying, "Huh?"
"You good?" Raja asked.
"I'm good," Jones said.
"Really?" Raja responded.
"Yeah; I'm good," Jones said.
"Really?" Raja replied.
"Yeah," Jones said.
"Get your f------ hands up! Get your f------ hands up!" Raja said.
"Hold on!" Jones said.
"Get your f------ hands up! Drop!" Raja said.
"Get your f------ hands up! Drop!" Raja said."
After saying, "drop," Raja fired three gunshots within two seconds.
After about 10 seconds, Nouman Raja fired three more shots — this time "more deliberately" with one shot every three seconds, the report said.
"Oh my gosh!" the operator can be heard saying on the recording after the first round of
shots. And then, "There's gunshots," after the second volley, the report said.
Raja did not identify himself during the shooting, according to the recording, and "there is no question that Jones ran away from Raja," according to the probable cause affidavit filed by prosecutors.
"There is sufficient evidence and probable cause to conclude Nouman Raja continued to
discharge his firearm at Corey Jones after Raja realized Jones no longer possessed a
firearm. The intent of discharging his firearm was to kill Corey Jones," according to the
state attorney's findings.
Because it's now a pending criminal matter, Aronberg said he wasn't permitted to further
discuss the case. "Now we move forward to the next stage of this matter," Aronberg said.
After Jones' death, protests were organized in Palm Beach County to protest delays in announcing any criminal charge against Raja and to keep the Jones case in the public's mind.
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June 2, 2016
State Attorney Dave Aronberg on Wednesday announced that a grand jury found the shooting "unjustified." June 1, 2016
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