Andrew Thomas, the man shot by a Paradise police officer after a chase that ended in a rollover crash, is dead.
The nursing supervisor at Enloe Medical Center confirmed Thomas died at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with family at his side.
Early Thanksgiving morning, Officer Patrick Feaster of the Paradise Police Department pursued Thomas after he suspected him of getting behind the wheel drunk.
The chase ended on Pearson Road, when Thomas hit the median and rolled his Toyota 4Runner ejecting and killing his ex-wife, Darien Ehorn, 23. As Thomas pulled himself from the wrecked SUV, Feaster shot him once in the neck, which left Thomas paralyzed from the neck down.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey ruled that the shooting was accidental, and said his office would not prosecute Feaster.
That set off a wave of protests both online and in the community. “Fire Feaster” protests have been happening nearly daily since Ramsey made the announcement.
In a clarifying letter sent to the community in the wake of those protests, Ramsey said one of the reasons Feaster could not be charged was because Thomas had not died.
Feaster is also facing an internal investigation. The Paradise Police Chief has said she expects a decision in January.
Jennifer Scarborough, “Man shot by Paradise police officer dies”, Dec 19 2015, KRCRTV.com, http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/man-shot-by-paradise-police-officer-dies/37050562