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Fla. Church Musician Killed by Police After Car Breaks Down: Report


The family of a church drummer has been left searching for answers after a Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., police officer shot and killed the Florida man early Sunday morning.


According to WPTV, Corey Jones, 31, was fatally shot by an on-duty plainclothes officer in an unmarked car around 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

A police report viewed by the news station indicates that Police Officer Nouman Raja approached what he believed was an abandoned vehicle when an armed Jones approached the officer, who then fired his weapon.


Jones' brother, who was not identified by name, told the news station that his brother called him early Sunday morning to say that his car had broken down. The New York Daily News reports that Jones was returning from a music gig when he began having car trouble, and that he had been slated to play drums later that day at a church.

The Daily News notes that when not playing drums, Jones worked as an assistant manager at Delray Beach Housing Authority, whose CEO, Dorothy Ellington, told local news stations that she has trouble believing Jones had a weapon.

Ellington called Jones a respectful and compliant employee who'd only taken one vacation in eight years of work.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office noted that Raja has been placed on paid leave while the shooting is under investigation, WPTV reports. 


According to WPTV, Palm Beach Gardens police have not commented on what led to the shooting, and the family notes that they are becoming frustrated with the Police Department's lack of answers.

"It's some b.s. they didn't release everything right when it happened," a childhood friend, who asked not to be identified, told the news station. "So I feel like it's almost a cover-up. They're trying to hide something. Corey having a gun—I never even heard of him having a gun."


Read more at WPTV and the New York Daily News.

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