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Raja attorneys: Shooting of Corey Jones legal

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a Florida police officer charged with killing a stranded black motorist say manslaughter and other charges should be dismissed because it was "reasonable" for him to open fire.

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Attorneys for fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja said in written arguments released Wednesday that Raja shot Corey Jones in October 2015 because he pointed a gun. They said anything Raja did before the shooting is "irrelevant."

Prosecutors said at a court hearing last week the plainclothes officer ignored orders to wear a vest marked "Police," needlessly drove his unmarked van the wrong way up a darkened off ramp and didn't identify himself, making Jones think he was a robber.

Prosecutors have not filed their arguments with Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer, who will decide whether Raja will stand trial.

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