Family of Corey Jones says he was shot 3 times

Family of Corey Jones says he was shot 3 times

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - UPDATE: During a news conference Thursday on the steps of the Palm Beach County courthouse, attorneys for Corey Jones said Officer Nouman Raja fired six times, striking Jones three times.  They also say Jones never saw a badge from the plain clothes officers who shot him.


Jones was shot and killed by a Palm Beach Gardens police officer early Sunday morning, sparking national attention.  Now, several investigations have been launched into the shooting.

Thursday morning's news conference was the first time the public heard directly from the immediate family of Jones.  Attorney Benjamin Crump is also scheduled to speak.

Last Sunday, Jones was near his car on an Interstate 95 exit ramp in Palm Beach Gardens when he was approached by Officer Nouman Raja.  Police said Raja was wearing plain clothes and driving an unmarked car.

Law enforcement sources said that some sort of foot chase ensued, which ended with Raja firing his gun several times, killing Jones.

Jones was armed but did not fire his weapon during the incident, according to family spokesman Abner Marcelin.

Both PBSO and the Palm Beach Gardens Police department are now investigating the fatal shooting.

WPTV spoke to Jones' uncle Frederick Banks and found out the family has a strange connection to Raja -- the officer used to eat in a cafeteria where a cousin of Corey Jones used to work.

"She said I know him real well," Banks said. "I want you to make sure that he knows he killed your cousin, your first cousin. I want him to know."

The family and the attorney are asking for an independent investigation into Jones' death.

After that news conference at the courthouse, the family will move to the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department for a peaceful protest planned for 10 a.m.

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