Travis County Deputy Prosecutor Arrested and Charged with Aggravated Assault

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Travis County deputy prosecutor was arrested Saturday morning on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following an argument with a roommate, according to an arrest affidavit.

Joseph Frederick III, 51, was booked into the Travis County Jail at 3:49 a.m. by the Austin Police Department, according to Travis County inmate records.


According to the arrest affidavit, Frederick and his roommate got into an argument Friday after Frederick said his roommate was making “googly eyes” at a guest in their apartment.

An argument escalated and the roommate entered his room, locked his door and packed his belongings, the affidavit states. During this time, the roommate told police that Frederick was trying to force the bedroom door and damaged the door.

The roommate told police he opened the bedroom door and saw Frederick pointing a silver revolver at him, according to the affidavit. The roommate left the room and when he returned, he saw Frederick pointing a gun in his face and saying, “I’m going to shoot you.”

Police said a video taken by the roommate showed Frederick walking around with a gun. Frederick is heard accusing his roommate of pushing him and saying “the gun is self-defense.”

Police recovered a fully loaded silver revolver from Frederick, the affidavit states.

As of 8 p.m., Frederick was still in custody.

KXAN reached out to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and they told us they will review information on the case and have no comment at this time.

Frederick currently works in the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and was licensed to practice with the Texas Bar in 2007, according to the State Bar of Texas.

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