WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Palm Beach Gardens officials say they’ve fired a police officer who fatally shot an armed man who was waiting next to his disabled SUV last month.
City spokeswoman Candice Temple said in a press release Thursday that the police department has terminated the employment of Officer Nouman Raja. The officer was hired in April and the city said he was still on probation.
Authorities have said Raja was on duty but not in uniform and driving an unmarked van when he approached Corey Jones in the early morning hours of Oct. 18. Jones, a former University of Saint Francis football player, was waiting for a tow truck off Interstate 95.
Officials say Raja fired six shots at Jones, hitting him three times. Police later recovered a .380-caliber gun handgun, which Jones had bought a week earlier.
Jones’ family and civil rights activists have been demanding answers from police.