Musician killed by officer was armed, police say

A popular Florida drummer who died following a Florida police shooting, was armed when he was stopped by police, according to local authorities.

NBC News reports that Nouman Raja, an officer of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department shot drummer Corey Jones on Interstate 95, Sunday morning.

The officer was in an unmarked vehicle investigating recent area burglaries. He found what he believed to be an abandoned vehicle on the side of the road, and was confronted by an armed man.

Raja then fired his gun, killing Jones. No video of the incident exists, as the car Raja was using did not have a dash camera, and Palm Beach Gardens officers are not required to wear body cameras.

A handgun was recovered at the scene by Palm Beach County Sheriffs, on the ground near the vehicle. The box the gun came in, which was purchased three days prior, was found inside Jones’ vehicle.

Corey Jones worked as an inspector for the housing authority in Delray Beach. He carried a gun for self-defense when in dangerous neighborhoods.

Raja was placed on leave, and has had no formal complains filed against him. He came to join the Palm Beach Gardens force from Atlantis Police Department, where he was in good standing.

Some have begun organizing a protest following Jones’ death. Relatives pushed for peace, assuring that Jones was nonviolent in nature.

The silence from the Palm Beach Gardens police department has garnered criticisms, saying that the force has taken too long to say anything about the fatal shooting.

The family has been in contact with civil rights lawyers, who had experience in the recent shootings of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown.

Jones was a drummer who played at a handful of churches in Palm Beach County and was preparing to go on a national tour with his band.

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