WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a former Florida police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a legally armed musician on the side of an Interstate 95 ramp. (all times local):
Police union officials say they will defend an officer charged in the killing of a legally armed black musician whose car broke down on an interstate ramp.
Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association President John Kazanjian said Thursday that the union believes fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja identified himself before confronting Corey Jones last Oct. 18.
Raja was charged Wednesday with manslaughter and attempted murder. Charging documents say Raja didn't identify himself as an officer before opening fire.
Bail was set for Rasha on Thursday at $250,000.
The documents say Raja lied to a 911 operator to make it appear that Jones was still armed and a threat more than 30 seconds after he had been felled by the officer's bullets.
A former Florida police officer is expected in court for the first time after he was charged with manslaughter and attempted murder for the fatal shooting of a legally armed black musician last fall.
Fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja is scheduled to make his initial appearance Thursday on charges stemming from the Oct. 18 shooting of 31-year-old Corey Jones. He was charged and arrested Wednesday.
Prosecutors say the shooting was unjustified and that Raja lied to a 911 operator to make it appear that Jones was still armed and a threat more than 30 seconds after he had been felled by the officer's bullets.
If convicted, Raja could face life in prison.
Jones had a concealed weapons permit and carried a gun because he feared robbery.