Florida drummer, 31 year old Corey Jones was shot and killed by an officer wearing plain clothes Sunday (October 18) while waiting for a tow truck, according to reports. Jones’ death is just one of the 780 that has occurred in 2015 alone.
According to the Washington Post, Jones finished a gig with his band Future Prezidents about an hour before he called his band mate Mathew Huntsberger to say his SUV had broken down.
Huntsberger then drove to find Jones located north of West Palm Beach, Fla., on Interstate 95 with oil, but soon realized that didn’t help.
“I tried to help him the best I could, but I’m not a mechanic or anything,” Huntsberger said.
Huntsberger said he called roadside assistance, then at about 2:30 left for home while Jones waited for the tow truck. About 45 minutes later, Jones was shot and killed by a police officer.
In a statement released Monday by The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department officer officer Nouman Raja wasn’t dressed in uniform and was in an unmarked car when he stopped to investigate what he assumed was an abandoned vehicle.
“As the officer exited his vehicle, he was suddenly confronted by an armed subject,” the police department said. “As a result of the confrontation, the officer discharged his firearm, resulting in the death of the subject.”
Huntsberger said despite the authorities claim, he doesn’t think that’s how things played out.
“They’re saying he was armed, but I don’t know if I believe it,” said Huntsberger. “Of course they’re going to say that. If I was there, maybe it’s a different situation. I just don’t know what happened.”