Corey Jones shooting: Gardens officials weigh in on state attorney’s call

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg makes a statement at a Rally for Transparency for Corey Jones in front of his offices in West Palm Beach on October 28, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg makes a statement at a Rally for Transparency for Corey Jones in front of his offices in West Palm Beach on October 28, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Corey Jones’ family is both wary and hopeful about the news a grand jury will handle the case of a former Palm Beach Gardens police officer who fatally shot him in October.

Those were the sentiments they shared outside the Palm Beach County Courthouse early Thursday morning, the day after state attorney Dave Aronberg announced he would refer Nouman Raja’s case to a grand jury session that will begin in January and end by June 30.

Palm Beach Gardens officials also shared their thoughts yesterday afternoon. Here’s what they said.

City Manager Ron Ferris: “That’s his decision,” he said. “I trust them to do the right thing.”

Mayor Marcie Tinsley provided a written statement late Wednesday night:

“With a tragedy of this nature, a grand jury is oftentimes part of the process. I expect a timely and thorough decision so the family can have closure, and this community can move forward together.”

Councilman David Levy: “I’m going to assume the grand jury will weigh the evidence and justice is served. That’s my hope,” he said.

Jones was waiting for roadside assistance on the off-ramp of I-95 southbound at PGA Boulevard in the early hours of Oct. 18 approached his vehicle when he was shot and killed by Nouman Raja. Palm Beach Gardens later fired Raja.

 

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