Accidental? No Charges for Unwarranted Police Shooting

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California – Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced Thursday that his office would not be pressing charges against Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster in the officer-involved-shooting on Thanksgiving day, saying that the shooting was accidental.

Officer Patrick Feaster saw a Toyota Four-Runner speeding out of the Canteena Bar parking lot without headlights on that early Thursday morning.

Feaster followed in his patrol car, as the Toyota ran a red light and turned onto Pearson Road where the driver, 26-year-old Andrew Thomas struck the median and flipped, ejecting his 23-year-old wife Darien Ehorn from the vehicle and she died at the scene.

What the dashcam shows is that upon exiting the vehicle Feaster draws his weapon when the driver, Andrew Thomas suddenly pops up out of the overturned vehicle, possibly to find his wife after the crash. Then for seemingly no reason Officer Feaster who is walking towards the overturned vehicle stands still for a second and casually shoots Thomas in the neck and re-holsters his gun.

The shot hit Thomas in the C7 and T1 vertebrae and could lead to him being paralyzed for life.

Feaster did not immediately call in the shots fired to dispatch instead, when backup arrived on the scene, Feaster did not even mention anything about having fired his weapon. According to Ramsey, Feaster notified his commanding officer about the discharge only after Thomas’ gunshot wound was found.

Nearly 11 minutes passed before any other officers, medics or firefighters even learned that Thomas had been shot.

It wasn’t until the commanding officer suggested an investigator return to Canteena and try to find out if Thomas had been shot at the bar, that officer Feaster first revealed that he shot Thomas.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the evidence in this case shows the shooting to be accidental, and possibly negligent, but not criminally so. “This shooting is not justified, but also not criminal.”

Since the shooting, Feaster has been on paid administrative leave pending an ‘internal’ investigation.

Thomas, who had a blood alcohol concentration of .15, and who may never walk again, is expected to face driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter charges.

UPDATE

A new video has been released that has the added body camera audio of the other officers on scene. Unbelievably, it clarifies even further the attempted cover-up that officer Feaster instinctively tried to pull off.

We are shown the full scope of the situation in the moments following Feaster shooting the crash victim in the neck. Feaster calls in the victim to dispatch as “refusing to get out of the vehicle.” Ironically the crash victim was trying to get out of the vehicle when Feaster shot him in the neck for no reason.

We then see Feaster searching the scene for his bullet casing for several minutes as the other officers who arrive begin to act as first-responders to a crash scene by delivering first aid to the woman ejected and seriously injured.

At the 2:37 mark in the video one of the responding officers checks on the man in the vehicle telling him “sir, I need you to get out of the vehicle” when the man tells him that he has been shot. The officer asks “what do you mean you got shot,” “did you get shot at the cantena,” “who shot you” to which the man responds that he was shot by a cop, the officer responds with “no a cop did not shoot you.”

A perfect opportunity for Feaster who is still searching for his bullet casing to come clean about shooting the man, but he doesn’t. He continues with the cover up, possibly hoping the injured man would die and that he would never be caught.

It’s not until nearly 13 minutes had passed by when we hear Feasters commanding officer ordering people to go and try to find the person who shot the crash victim at the cantena when Feaster decides that it’s the time to confess. (at 12:40 mark)

Feaster tells the commanding officer “I think I shot him, I wasn’t even pointing at him and the gun just went off” to which the commander replies “Ow my Fucking god are you serious?

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