Butte Co. Judge: Arraignment continued for two weeks in Paradise manslaughter trial

Feb 10, 2016 12:08 PM by David McVicker


Butte County Superior Court Judge James Reiley continued the arraignment of former Paradise Police officer for two weeks to allow for the defense to prepare.

Feaster and his attorney requested the continuance, which was agreed upon by District Attorney Mike Ramsey and accepted by Judge Reiley.

Feaster was booked into Butte County Jail briefly then released from custody on his own recognizance and rescheduled to appear Feb. 24.



Former Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster was arraigned in a Butte County Superior Court Wednesday facing charges related to the shooting death of Andrew Thomas Thanksgiving evening in Paradise.

Feaster was charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to court officials. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the decision to charge Feaster hinged on the fact that Feaster was neglectful in giving potentially life-saving medical attention to Thomas. A coroner's autopsy confirmed that medical attention could have saved Thomas' life. Feaster did not report to his superior officers on-scene that he shot Thomas until more than 10 minutes after the shooting occured.

The injuries Thomas sustained kept him in intensive care for more than a month. He would later die in the hospital.

Action News Now’s Cecile Juliette is at the court house getting all the latest in this developing story. Stay tuned to Action News Now for up-to-the-minute details.


Paradise Police Department Police Chief Gabriela Tazarri-Dineen announced that the department had parted ways with former officer Patrick Feaster. She added that she was unable to comment on the circumstances behind his departure, as stated by law.

Last week, a community group advocating against police brutality called for the resignations of not only Feaster, but also Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey and Tazarri-Dineen for their roles in the shooting death of Andrew Thomas last November.

Feaster began following 26-year-old Thomas in his squad car the night of Nov. 26, who was allegedly driving his pickup from a bar with headlights off. Moments later, Thomas flipped his truck.The force of the crash threw his passenger, ex-wife Darien Ehorn, from the truck. She would die at the scene.

A later review of Fester’s police dash cam video shows, shows the officer walking up the wrecked truck, pulling out his handgun and immediately firing his gun, striking thomas in the throat. Feaster later claimed he fired accidentally.

Thomas would die nearly a month later.

This is a developing story, stay tuned to Action News Now for all the details as they emerge


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