Driver Involved In Officer-Involved-Shooting Upgraded to Serious Condition

Nov 27, 2015 4:01 PM

The man shot at by Paradise Police following a brief chase by officers early Thursday morning had past scrapes with the law, including a few arrests involving drug possession and resisting arrest since 2013, according to court records. But none of those cases involved any mention of a weapon used by 26-year-old Andrew Nicholas Thomas, who was listed in serious, but stable condition at Enloe Medical Center Friday afternoon. Investigators are still not saying if Thomas was actually hit by a gunshot from the police officer who fired one shot toward Thomas as he was reportedly climbing out of the driver side window after he crashed his Toyota 4-Runner on Pearson Road. The crash killed his passenger, 23-year-old Darian Rayne Ehorn, who was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. According to District Attorney Mike Ramsey, a patrol officer noticed Thomas driving erratically from a bar parking lot on the Skyway around midnight. The officer tried to pull over Thomas but he continued driving away before crashing. Investigators say it appears both Thomas and Ehorn had been drinking, but they are not commenting yet on whether any weapon was found with Thomas or inside his vehicle. Ramsey did say there is police dash-cam video under analysis by the Butte County Officer Involved Protocol Team and state Department of Justice's Crime Scene Investigation Team.


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