Family: Man shot, killed by Palm Beach Gardens police is local drummer

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - A Palm Beach Gardens officer shot and killed a man early Sunday morning on the southbound ramp of Interstate 95, but the circumstances of the incident remain unclear.

Palm Beach Gardens police said at about 3:15 a.m., one of its officers shot a man driving on the I-95 southbound exit ramp onto PGA Boulevard.

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On Monday, police released the man's name saying it was Corey Jones who was shot and killed. They say the officer responsible is Nouman Raja. 

Police say he was on duty in a plainclothes capacity, in an unmarked police vehicle, when he stopped to investigate what he believed to be an abandoned vehicle. As the officer exited the vehicle, police say, he was suddenly confronted by an armed subject.  Police say the officer discharged his firearm resulting in the death of Corey Jones. 

The brother of Corey Jones also confirmed the identity of his sibling.  Late Sunday afternoon, the brother said PBSO deputies came to his home to tell him Jones was shot by a Palm Beach Gardens police officer.

The family provided WPTV with photos of Jones. His brother said that Corey called him early Sunday morning after his vehicle broke down on the side of I-95, saying he needed a tow truck.

Throughout the day friends, family of Corey Jones stopped by the I-95 exit ramp at PGA boulevard to reflect about Corey's death. 

A childhood friend, who asked not to be identified, said, " It's some b-s they didn't release everything right when it happened," said the friend. "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." 

Family members said Jones is a drummer who played in various bands and churches in the area.

Gardens police is not commenting on what led up to the shooting. Police have not confirmed the identity of the person who was shot or the family's statements.

The family says they are frustrated with police because they just want answers.

PBSO will be working along with the state attorney's office to determine whether the shooting was justified.

Detectives say it may take several months to complete the investigation.

The investigation has been turned over to PBSO. The Palm Beach Garden's police officer involved is on paid administrative leave.

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