Dec 17, 2015 8:22 PM by News Staff
Newly released body camera footage shows that Paradise police officers initially dismissed a drunken driving suspect’s claim that he had been shot by an officer.
The footage shows the moments after Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster shot a drunken driving suspect last month, and the exact moment Feaster admits to firing his weapon.
In the recording, and featured first in the edited video above, Feaster tells his commander, Officer John Alvies that his gun went off, but he didn't think he shot 26-year-old Andrew Thomas.
“I don’t think I shot at him. I wasn’t even pointing at him, but the gun did go off,” Feaster said.
Alvies responds by saying “Oh my ‘expletive’ God, are you serious”?
That exchange happened right after Alvies had learned Thomas was shot, and 11 minutes after the shooting itself. He was ordering Feaster to remain on the scene, and recruiting fellow Officer Manny Ayala to join him on a trip to Canteena to investigate a potential shooting.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said last week that he will not file criminal charges against Feaster, finding that the shooting was unintentional.
The bullet struck Thomas' neck, paralyzing him. His wife, Darien Ehorn was ejected from the Toyota 4Runner and died at the scene.
The body cam video is too graphic to release uncut. The footage featured above has been edited by Action News Now, with Officer Feaster’s admission at both beginning and ending of the clip. Due to the graphic nature of the body camera video, we have chosen to place the body cam audio over the originally released dash cam video.