Dec 11, 2015 6:50 PM by News Staff
The family of a suspected drunk driver shot by a Paradise police officer last month is speaking out.
The family’s attorney has advised relatives of 26-year-old Andrew Thomas against speaking with Action News Now reporters, but the family issued a written statement Friday morning.
“This is a horrible thing and we will get justice for what happened,” the family said.
Dash cam video captured the entire incident, and its release along with a decision not to file charges by the Butte County District Attorney’s Office has sparked outrage.
A Facebook page titled “Justice for Andrew Thomas” was created Thursday night, and its members have organized a peaceful protest for Saturday. “Our plan of action is to peacefully protest this injustice until the Butte County District Attorney files criminal charges against Officer Feaster. Or, until he is fired,” the page says.
A petition shared on the Facebook page calls for the firing of Officer Feaster, and had been signed 940 times as of 4 p.m. Friday.
Thomas was shot in the neck by Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster after he was involved in a rollover crash on Thanksgiving.
The crash happened as Thomas and his wife, 23-year-old Darien Ehorn were leaving the Canteena Bar in Paradise. Ehorn was ejected from the car and died on the scene.
Officer Feaster saw the crash, and according to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, when Thomas “popped” out of the SUV, Feaster drew his gun and “accidently” fired.
Thomas was shot in the C7 and T1 vertebrae and could be paralyzed for the rest of his life. He remains in stable condition at Enloe Medical Center.