Corey Jones Was Phoning Road Service When Shot
A popular Florida musician who was gunned down on an Interstate 95 off-ramp last week was on the phone with AT&T’s roadside assistance before he died.
A copy of Corey Jones’ phone records obtained by The Palm Beach Post show that he called the phone company’s recorded line at 3:10 a.m. to request assistance.
31-year-old Jones was shot and killed by officer Nouman Raja roughly five minutes later, according to police. Phone records show the call lasted 53 minutes.
AT&T alerts callers that the conversation might be recorded, so it’s possible that audio of the moments before, during and after Jones’ death were captured.
The recording would be a critical piece of evidence as there is no video of the incident.
On Monday, Palm Beach County State Attorney’s spokesman Mike Edmondson declined to comment on whether the prosecutors’ office had obtained the phone records. Jones’ phone was recovered at the scene and had not been returned to family members.
Jones used a cellphone belonging to his employer, the Delray Beach Housing Authority to place the call to roadside assistance. The call was many made by Jones during the early morning hours after his vehicle broke down while driving back from a gig in Jupiter.
He called bandmate Mathew Huntsberger for help at 1:35 a.m. Nine minutes later, he called the Florida Highway Patrol. Records indicate the call lasted four minutes.
At 2:09 a.m., Jones called the AT&T #HELP line four times, spending about 36 minutes trying to get help. He called the line again at 2:45 a.m., a call logs say lasted 32 minutes.
The final call went to the roadside assistance line at 3:10 a.m. and records show it wouldn’t have ended until 4:03 a.m., long after the 3:15 a.m. shooting.
Four agencies, including the FBI, are investigating. Check back for updates.