Corey Jones, a drummer for the band Future Prezidents, was shot and killed in Florida while returning home from a gig early Sunday morning.
Officer Nouman Raja, an on-duty officer in plainclothes and an unmarked car, saw Corey Jones’ vehicle and stopped to investigate, according to a news release posted to the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department’s Facebook page.
As Raja exited his car, he was “suddenly confronted by an armed subject,” prompting the officer to discharge his firearm, the statement read.
he Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, which is in charge of the investigation at the request of police, recovered a handgun on the ground near Jones’ vehicle, Stepp said. The box it was bought in three days earlier was inside Jones’ car, he said.
Jones worked as an inspector for the Delray Beach Housing Authority and carried a pistol for protection in rough neighborhoods, said Dorothy Ellington, the housing authority’s chief executive.
Raja, who was put on paid administrative leave, has no known complaints against him, Stepp said. He joined the Palm Beach Gardens police in April from the Atlantis Police Department, where Chief Robert Mangold told NBC News he was in “good standing.”
A protest was being organized for Thursday morning as more than a day’s silence passed before police spoke out. Relatives called for peace, saying Jones was nonviolent.
“He’s just been a lovely grandchild,” said a tearful Bishop Sylvester Banks Sr. of Bible Church of God, Jones’ grandfather. “Friends and loved ones, we need your help.”