Paradise mayor speaks about police shooting

Dec 14, 2015 7:59 PM by News Staff

Paradise Mayor, Jody Jones, has urged people to disregard false information found on social media surrounding the case of 26-year-old Andrew Thomas who was shot in the neck on Thanksgiving.

In the press release, Mayor Jones, passes condolences to those involved in the tragic accident, and says that the special investigator assigned to the case will do a thoroughly investigation. The mayor asks that the community remain patient throughout the process.

The full statement is as follows:

December 14, 2015

As the Mayor of the Town of Paradise, I would like to say a few words about the officer involved shooting that occurred in the early morning hours of November 26, 2015, Thanksgiving Day. First of all, on behalf of my colleagues on the Town Council, I would like to express my deep condolences to everyone involved in this tragic accident. Without a doubt, these are sad days for our community. Please know that we are doing everything in our power to do the right things for all involved so that we can move towards peace and healing.

Even so, emotional reactions to an incident like this are natural and difficult to process. During this difficult time I ask all citizens to avoid the urge to make a bad situation worse by succumbing to false information that is being rampantly shared on social media and other places. The truth is that a tragic event occurred. We are now charged to deal with the aftermath---by doing the right things in the right way. There is currently a very thorough internal investigation being conducted. This investigation can take several weeks and has been assigned to a special investigator who is working solely on this case to expedite the process without compromising the quality or thoroughness of the case. Once the case has been thoroughly investigated it will go to the Police Chief for a determination.

I have faith and confidence that the internal investigation will be handled thoroughly, allowing for due process, and considering all the facts, policies and procedures. As your Mayor I ask everyone to be patient with the process. As a community we are all experiencing many emotions related to all the tragic events that occurred that night and I ask everyone to keep in our thoughts and prayers all of those involved.

Jody Jones, Mayor, Town of Paradise


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