Surprise court move in case of Former Paradise officer charged with involuntary manslaughter

Apr 22, 2016 7:27 PM by Debbie Cobb

A twist in the case of a Paradise Police Officer charged with shooting a suspected drunk driver who later died. Friday, Patrick Feaster waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Butte County Superior Court. Feaster was charged with involuntary manslaughter with a special enhancement of being armed with a firearm.

Feaster had not been charged with a crime until Andrew Thomas, 26, died as the result of being shot on Thanksgiving of last year. Thomas had just left a bar in Paradise and rolled his SUV, as he was exiting his vehicle Feaster discharged his Glock .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, striking Thomas in the neck. The officer's dashcam video showed Thomas then falling backed into the rolled SUV. Prosecutors say Thomas' death was as a result of complications from the gunshot wound to the spine.

A passenger in his vehicle, Darien Ehorn, 23, was ejected from the SUV and died as the result of the crash. Feaster, who has since been fired from his job at the Paradise Police Department, will be back in court May 11 to re-enter a plea and set a trial date for the Fall.


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