Corey Jones 'Was Running Away' Before He Was Shot, Family Lawyers Say

Corey Jones 'Was Running Away' Before He Was Shot, Family Lawyers Say

Family lawyers of Corey Jones say the 31-year-old was running away before he was shot and killed by a plainclothes officer on a Florida Interstate after his car broke down.

Published October 23, 2015

Finally some answers have been given in the tragic killing of Corey Jones, a 31-year-old Florida musician who was shot to death on Sunday (Oct. 18). Family lawyers say the man never fired his legally registered gun and was running away before he was shot and killed by a plainclothes officer on a Florida Interstate after his car broke down, according to Reuters.

At a press conference held Thursday evening in Palm Beach County, Benjamin Crump, one of the attorneys representing Jones's family, revealed further details about the latest police-involved shooting taking over national headlines.

Jones was approached by Officer Nouman Raja at 3 a.m. while waiting for a tow truck to pick him up, lawyers say. At the time, Raja was investigating a burglary and was moving about in an unmarked car.

A confrontation between the two men led to Raja firing six bullets at Jones, who was struck three times in his side and upper body. His gun was also found between his body and his vehicle. His body was located 80 to 100 feet from the car, Reuters reports.

"We believe Corey went to his grave without knowing whether this was a real cop or not," said Crump.

Family members said Jones was a responsible gun owner and carried the weapon to guard his expensive music equipment and the large amounts of cash he received following gigs. He also often traveled late at night. 

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(Photo: Courtesy of Family)

Written by Natelege Whaley

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