PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Palm Beach Gardens Police have released few details after an on-duty officer in plain clothes was involved in the deadly shooting that took a man's life on an I-95 exit ramp early Sunday morning.
That man, identified as Corey Jones, was pulled over on the southbound ramp at PGA Boulevard around 3:15 a.m. Sunday. The department says Officer Nouman Raja was confronted by an 'armed subject' upon exiting his unmarked police vehicle.
But today, after releasing some information about the shooting on its Facebook page, Palm Beach Gardens Police Department has scraped all information about the officer involved from its page. For a short time Monday afternoon, the entire page was deactivated.
At 11:04 a.m. Monday, Palm Beach Gardens PD tweeted the Facebook post.
That Facebook post has since been hidden from the page's main timeline, but is visible on its own privately 'hidden' page. Comments on the post criticizing the shooting were seen by WPTV, but have since been deleted.
'Visitor Posts' on the Facebook account have also been removed.
Other posts since removed from the page's account include a photo of Officer Raja with Chief Stephen Stepp in April. According to the post, Chief Stepp posed with new hire Raja on April 13 of this year for the photo.
Here is how the new hire post looked before it was removed:
Here is how the post looks now:
As of early Monday evening, the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department's Facebook page shows no mention of the officer-involved shooting early Sunday morning:
WPTV reached out to the Palm Beach Gardens Police for comment, but they have yet to respond on why the posts have been removed.
UPDATE: A spokesperson with the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department says they were "bombarded by posts with racist and foul language," causing them to remove posts and comments that were critical of the Corey Jones shooting.
8 p.m. update: Palm Beach Gardens Police have now enabled the original Facebook post on the page with the following statement: "Please do not post any comments using profanity or negative racial remarks. These type comments are not appropriate no mater what side of this incident you stand on."
9:30 p.m. update: The entire Palm Beach Gardens PD Facebook page has again been deactivated: