The Latest: Family says Corey Jones was not violent

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Posted: Oct 22, 2015 11:43 AM
The Latest: Family says Corey Jones was not violent

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The latest in the case of a black man who was shot by a plainclothes police officer in Florida (all times local).

11:30 a.m.

Siblings and the father of Corey Jones are describing their brother and son as a kind, happy person who was not violent.

At a news conference in West Palm Beach after meeting with the state prosecutor, Clinton Jones Jr. said his brother "would not ever, ever, ever pull a gun on a policeman — never."

A Palm Beach Gardens police officer fatally shot the 31-year-old Jones early Sunday along a dark Interstate 95 entrance ramp. Police have said a gun was found near Jones but they have not released the details about the confrontation between the two men, saying only that the officer was "suddenly confronted" by an armed man.

Jones' sister, Melissa Jones, says her brother always "knew what to say" to make her smile and laugh.

His father, Clinton Jones Sr., says he raised his children to respect the law. He said he needs answers and says "why is my son gone?"

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10:20 a.m.

A lawyer representing Corey Jones' family says the state attorney has told them that a Palm Beach Gardens police officer fired six shots, striking Jones three times.

Attorney Benjamin Crump addressed the media outside the Palm Beach County Courthouse on Thursday. The state attorney met privately with Crump, the family and other lawyers to discuss details of the shooting that killed Jones early Sunday along Interstate 95 in nearby Palm Beach Gardens.

Jones, a black man and drummer in a band, was returning home from a gig when his car broke down. Police say Officer Nouman Raja had been investigating a string of burglaries in the area when he spotted what he thought was Jones' abandoned vehicle.

Police say they found a gun near Jones.

The family believes the officer didn't identify himself.

It's unclear exactly what caused the confrontation between Jones and Raja.

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9:40 a.m.

A spokesman for lawyers representing Corey Jones' family says the state attorney's office has told them Jones never fired a shot during a fatal confrontation with a Palm Beach Gardens police officer.

Adner Marcelin says the family was meeting with officials from the state attorney's office shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday. A news conference is expected later, followed by what has been billed as a peaceful rally in Palm Beach Gardens.

Marcelin said the family was told "Mr. Jones did not fire any shots" from his gun, which was found at the scene alongside Interstate 95.

Police say Officer Nouman Raja, who had been investigating a string of burglaries, stopped his unmarked car to check out what he thought was an abandoned vehicle.

Chief Stephen Stepp has said Raja was "suddenly confronted by an armed subject," and fatally shot Jones.

It's unclear what caused the confrontation.

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4:30 a.m.

The family of a black church drummer killed by a police officer while waiting for a tow truck along a South Florida highway is holding a rally.

Corey Jones was on his way home from a gig Saturday night when his car broke down. Palm Beach Gardens Officer Nouman Raja had been investigating local burglaries when he stopped to check out what he thought was an abandoned vehicle. Police have only said Raja was "suddenly confronted by an armed subject" and fatally shot Jones. The officer was not in uniform and was in an unmarked patrol car. It's unclear whether Jones knew Raja was an officer.

Prominent civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump is representing Jones' family. The Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to attend Thursday's rally organized by the local Urban League.