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Former Officer Convicted Of Involuntary Manslaughter

A former Paradise Police Officer seen in a dashcam video shooting a man as he crawled out of the wreckage of a vehicle rollover has been convicted of the only charge he ever faced: involuntary manslaughter.  A Butte County jury returned the verdict Tuesday against Patrick Feaster for the incident that happened last Thanksgiving. Feaster had been in pursuit of a Toyota 4Runner after it sped away from a bar. The SUV rolled over, killing two people, but 26-year-old Andrew Thomas survived the crash. The vehicle lay on its side as Thomas crawled from the window. The police dashboard camera video shows Officer Feaster pulling his gun from his holster, pointing it at Thomas and then returning the gun to the holster after Thomas falls. Feaster didn’t tell his commander for 11 minutes that he had fired his gun, and that was only after he tried and failed to find the spent bullet casing on the ground. The shot hit Thomas in the neck and paralyzed him. He died in the hospital a few weeks later. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey initially said that he was not filing criminal charges against Feaster, finding the shooting unintentional. He then said he was waiting for an autopsy report to show whether Thomas would have survived if he had received medical treatment 11 minutes earlier. He finally filed an involuntary manslaughter charge two days after Paradise Police announced Feaster no longer worked for the department. Ramsey explained that he didn’t believe it was possible to prove the shooting was a willful and intentional act. The jury deliberated for two days.