A California police officer who shot a man as he attempted to climb out of the car he had just crashed will not face any charges.
“Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster’s actions were ‘unintentional and possibly negligent, but not criminally so,’ according to a statement released Thursday by Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey,” the Daily News reports.
Andrew Thomas, a DUI suspect, will still face charges for vehicular manslaughter, for the death of his wife in the crash.
Feaster had been pursuing Thomas before the crash. When the officer approached the car, Thomas appears in the dashcam video to be trying to extricate himself from the wreckage. Instead of helping, Feaster casually approached with his gun drawn, and shot the man in the neck, causing injuries that may paralyze him.
“The dash cam video shows Officer Feaster was not prepared for and was surprised by the guns firing,” Ramsey said. “The pistol discharges in mid-stride and the officer both flinches his head to the right and does a stutter step indicative of an officer not prepared for nor intentionally firing his pistol. Additionally, officers normally train to fire a minimum of two shots. There was no second shot and the officer immediately holstered his weapon after the discharge.”
Feaster did not inform second responding officers that he had shot Thomas until 11 minutes after he had been laying there and a gun wound was found on his body.
#ICYMI: The family of a suspected drunken driver who was shot by a Paradise police officer released a statement Friday condemning the shooting and calling for justice. http://www.actionnewsnow.com/news/family-of-man-shot-by-paradise-police-officer-speaks-out/
Posted by Action News Now on Saturday, 12 December 2015