Grand jury to probe Florida cop in fatal shooting of black man

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. A Florida prosecutor chose not to file criminal charges against a police officer who shot dead black musician Corey Jones and said on Wednesday he would turn the case over to a grand jury.

    State Attorney Dave Aronberg of Palm Beach County told a news conference that prosecutors would hand over evidence from their investigation of fired police officer Nouman Raja to the grand jury to decide whether to press charges.

The Palm Beach Gardens Police fired Raja from the force nearly a month after the Oct. 18 shooting of Jones, 31, an amateur drummer who worked as a building inspector and assistant property inspector for the Delray Beach Housing Authority.

The death of Jones was one in a series of fatal incidents across the country involving police and black men, raising questions about the excessive use of force by officers.

It sparked further outrage after police revealed the officer was in plainclothes and never showed a badge before shooting.

Jones was waiting for a tow truck beside a highway off-ramp in the early hours of the morning when Raja pulled up in an unmarked van. A confrontation ensued and Raja fired six shots hitting Jones three times, authorities said.

Jones never fired the .380 caliber handgun recovered at the scene, investigators said. He had a concealed permit for the gun, which he had purchased legally three days earlier.

(Reporting by Zachary Fagenson; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Alan Crosby)

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