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Man who allegedly shot at Hoisington officer in custody
William Thomas Frederick Jr.
William Thomas Frederick Jr.

A suspect who reportedly fired shots at a Hoisington police officer during a pursuit on April 1 was taken into custody on Wednesday, the Hoisington Police Department announced.

William Thomas Frederick Jr., 38, was located and taken into custody in California by the United States Marshal’s Service. 

The early-morning incident on April 1 also involved deputies with Barton County Sheriff’s Office.

Marshals tracked Frederick to Red Bluff, Calif., where he was apprehended at approximately 4:45 p.m. Wednesday with assistance from the Red Bluff Police Department, said Hoisington Police Chief Kenton Doze. He was arrested and booked into Tehama County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bond.

In Barton County, Frederick is charged with two counts of attempted murder in the second degree, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and interference with a law enforcement officer, said Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir. The bond on the warrants has been set at $100,000.

Doze said Thursday that Frederick will undergo the court process in California before he would be available for extradition back to Kansas.

The Sheriff’s Office will be in contact with California authorities to facilitate extradition, Bellendir said. Frederick will be transported back to Barton County as soon as extradition proceedings are complete.

Frederick was an absconder from Central Kansas Community Corrections at the time of the incident, Bellendir said. Frederick had been listed as an absconder on Feb. 27.