(NEW YORK) — The case against a Palm Beach Gardens police officer accused in the shooting death of 31-year-old church musician Corey Jones will go before a grand jury, Florida State Attorney Dave Aronberg said Wednesday.
The grand jury will hear the case before June 30, he said. The criminal investigation into Jones’ death will continue in the meantime.
On Oct. 19, Jones was stranded with car troubles on I-95 in Palm Beach Gardens around 3:15 a.m. when Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja pulled up in an unmarked car to “investigate what he believed to be an abandoned vehicle,” police said.
When Raja, who was in plainclothes, exited his vehicle, he was confronted by an armed subject, police said in a statement.
“As a result of the confrontation, the officer discharged his firearm resulting in the death of the subject, Corey Jones,” the statement read.
A gun was recovered on the ground outside Jones’ car, police said. Jones had purchased the gun three days before the shooting. The box it was purchased in was found inside his car.
Raja was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting.
Authorities have interviewed about 230 people in the investigation, Aronberg said, because the shooting happened on a stretch of highway with several hotels and businesses nearby.
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