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Video: Former Florida Officer Charged with Manslaughter for On-Duty Shooting

June 03, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Former Florida Officer Charged with Manslaughter for On-Duty Shooting

Former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja was charged with manslaughter and attempted first-degree murder earlier this week for the October shooting of stranded motorist. Raja is now under house arrest after being released on $250,000 bail.

Raja was forced to surrender his passport.  Also, Raja is not allowed to use his law enforcement license, WPTV reports.

Jones' vehicle broke down on Interstate 95 in Palm Beach Gardens as he was driving home to Delray Beach after playing drums in a reggae band.

Just before 3:15 a.m., Officer Raja arrived on scene in plainclothes and driving an unmarked van.

Authorities say Raja was not wearing the tactical vest that identified him as a police officer, despite having been told to do so when working surveillance.

Prosecutors say Raja shot the armed musician without identifying himself as an officer.

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Jack Waters @ 6/4/2016 7:48 AM

This article makes little sense. It seems to be saying that Officer Raja shot an ARMED musician without identifying himself as an officer. How is it manslaughter to fail to id. yourself? If a citizen stops to aid another motorist and is threatened with a gun, does he not have the right of self defense?

John @ 6/4/2016 8:52 AM

The article fails to mention that Raja was working a surveillance job in an area where there had been many burglaries. He began following Jones thinking that Jones may have been a suspect. Raja followed Jones for miles, but never notified dispatch or called for a marked unit to stop him. Jones vehicle then broke down on the entrance ramp to the interstate, and he used his cell phone to call for assistance. While broken down Raja blocked Jones' vehicle with his UC van and approached Jones with his weapon in his hand. He never identified himself as an officer. Jones had a lawfully owned handgun and he did have a CHL. It appears that Jones felt he was in imminent danger and possibly acted in self defense against an armed person he reasonably believed was a threat.

John retired IA PD @ 6/4/2016 11:32 PM

Too many details are missing from this story.

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