Corey Jones, the musician killed by a plainclothes Palm Beach Gardens, Fl., police detective alongside Interstate 95, never fired his weapon and was struck three times, says his family's legal team, the Miami Herald reports. The revelations came after Jones' relatives met privately with the county's top prosecutor, and just before the family took to the stage at a spirited, yet somber, rally outside city hall in the affluent town 80 miles north of Miami. The killing of Jones, a 31-year-old drummer who was waiting for a tow truck after his car broke down Sunday, has brought national media attention after many other fatal encounters between police and black men across the nation.
Detectives and prosecutors are investigating Palm Beach Gardens Detective Nouman Raja, who is believed to have fired six times after encountering Jones, killing him on a grassy swale. Police say Raja, on a burglary detail, stopped his unmarked white van near the on-ramp after spotting Jones' broken-down silver Hyundai just after 3 a.m. Raja believed the car was abandoned and was suddenly “confronted by subject.” Jones likely never knew Raja was a cop, and may have thought the man was going to rob him, his family's lawyers said. “He never displayed a badge to Corey,” said civil-rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, suggesting that Jones might have believed he was being robbed, possibly by a police impersonator.