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Shooting investigation ongoing
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Freddie A. Thomas

More information has surfaced about the shooting that happened on Friday.
Freddie A. Thomas, 49, Lincoln, is being held in the Barton County Jail for first degree murder in connection with the shooting Friday night. His bond was set at $1 million, and as of Monday afternoon, he remained in custody.
According to Todd Britton of the Ellsworth Correctional Facility, Thomas has been an employee of ECF since September 2014, but has been placed on administrative leave. He worked part-time at the prison entry, where the metal detectors are. He also worked part-time on perimeter watch, driving a vehicle in four-hour shift.
The Great Bend Police Department is not releasing the name of the victim pending further investigation.
On Friday the Great Bend Police Department responded to a shooting in the 2500 block of Williams St. Upon arrival to the scene, officers found the victim with a gunshot wound. Efforts to revive the man failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
At this time it appears the shooting was the result of an argument. The officers took Thomas into custody, and the investigation is ongoing.
Although the investigation is being led by the Great Bend Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigations and the Barton County Sheriff’s office are also assisting in the investigation.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is requested to contact the Great Bend Police Department’s Detective Unit at 620-793-4120.