Feaster case moves forward

Former Paradise cop charged with manslaughter waives right to preliminary hearing

Patrick Feaster, the former Paradise police officer who shot and killed a man after a short vehicle chase on the eve of Thanksgiving last year, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Friday (April 22) and will face arraignment May 11. He’s been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey and Feaster’s attorney, Paul Goyette, agreed to a stipulation regarding a firearm enhancement: The gun in question was Feaster’s service weapon, which he was carrying as part of his professional duties.

On Nov. 25, Feaster followed an SUV being driven erratically by Andrew Thomas. During the pursuit, the SUV hit a median and flipped, ejecting Thomas’ passenger, Darien Ehorn, who later died from her injuries. While Thomas was attempting to exit the vehicle, Feaster shot his weapon, hitting Thomas in the neck and ultimately killing him.