Dec 12, 2015 3:15 PM by News Staff
Paradise residents are holding a rally for Andrew Thomas, who supporters say was negligently shot by Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster Thanksgiving morning.
More than 100 protesters have gathered in Paradise Community Park on Black Olive Drive. Organizers are stressing that this event is a peaceful protest.
A Facebook page titled “Justice for Andrew Thomas” was created Thursday night. “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.
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. Thomas is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Officer Feaster said he 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.
Ramsey said Thursday that Officer Feaster was 'not justified, but not criminal' in the shooting. Thomas is still hospitalized, and could remain paralyzed from the shooting.
2 days ago