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State attorney addresses Corey Jones shooting outside Palm Beach County courthouse

Several hundred people attend West Palm Beach rally


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach County state attorney Dave Aronberg addressed a crowd of several hundred people Wednesday about the Corey Jones shooting during a rally outside the county courthouse.

Police said Jones, 31, was stranded on the side of Interstate 95 in Palm Beach Gardens on Oct. 18 when he was approached by Officer Nouman Raja.

"Officer Raja was not in uniform," Aronberg said at the rally. "Six shots were fired from the officer's gun and six casings were recovered. Corey Jones was shot three times."

Jones, who worked for a public housing agency and was also a drummer in a band, was leaving a performance early that morning when his car ran into trouble.

Police said Jones had a gun in his car, but his family's attorney said Jones never fired a shot.

"It's very painful to go through such as we're going through," Jones' grandfather, Sylvester Banks, said at the rally. "But through it all, in the midst of it all, we have God on our side."

Cellphone records show that Jones had called for roadside assistance shortly before the fatal shooting.

Protesters seeking justice for Jones demanded answers about what happened prior to the shooting, but Arongberg told the crowd that he was ethically barred from divulging details about the investigation.

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