Ex-officer who fatally shot man fired from job at college


MIAMI (AP) — A recently dismissed police officer in South Florida who fatally shot an armed man waiting next to his disabled SUV has been fired from his job as a college instructor, the school disclosed today.

Palm Beach State College spokeswoman Grace Truman said in a statement that Nouman Raja was released from his adjunct teaching assignment Thursday because he is no longer a police officer.

"As Nouman Raja is no longer affiliated with the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, he does not meet the minimum requirement for teaching set forth by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission," Truman said in an email.

The city of Palm Beach Gardens fired Raja as an officer Wednesday. City spokeswoman Candice Temple said in a release that Raja was hired in April and was still on probation when the shooting occurred.

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, authorities said. Jones, a musician who performed with local bands, had just left a gig when his vehicle broke down. A fellow band member tried unsuccessfully to jumpstart the SUV, then left Jones to await a tow truck along a dark ramp on Interstate 95 in Palm Beach Gardens, an affluent city north of West Palm Beach.

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