LAS VEGAS—A fugitive who surrendered to police early Tuesday after an hours-long standoff at a Las Vegas apartment had been sought in the shooting death of an ex-girlfriend three weeks earlier in Northern California, police said.

William Carl Gardner III, 30, telephoned a reporter at a Sacramento television station before surrendering to U.S. marshals and Las Vegas police SWAT officers a little before 1 a.m. at an apartment several miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip, said Chief Sergio Gutierrez, police chief in Winters, Calif.

"I know that even if I tell police the full story, the full story is never going to come out," he told CBS affiliate KOVR-TV. The station reported that a deputy U.S. marshal arrived at the newsroom just before the start of the 10 p.m. newscast.

The Nov. 18 slaying of Leslie Pinkston in a vehicle in downtown Winters shocked the small city of fewer than 7,000 people about 30 miles west of Sacramento, Gutierrez said.

Pinkston, 32, the mother of a 6-year-old girl, had a court protection order against Gardner, the police chief said.

Gutierrez and Las Vegas police didn't immediately say whether Gardner was armed when he was arrested.

Another man, a woman and the woman's 3-year-old child came out of the Las Vegas apartment unharmed when Gardner surrendered.

Las Vegas police Officer Jose Hernandez said they weren't held against their will, but the woman, Brittany Ulmer, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a police investigation for refusing to comply with police orders to leave the apartment. Ulmer was later released pending a court appearance.

Gardner was booked as a fugitive at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas pending a Thursday court extradition hearing and his transfer to California.

Winters police said Gardner was sought on a murder warrant issued several hours after Pinkston's slaying.

Witnesses described seeing a man with a gun run toward a coffee shop before fleeing in a tan colored van.

Gutierrez said Gardner had been arrested less than a month earlier, on Oct. 22, after an investigation of allegations that he violated terms of the protective order during a January confrontation with Pinkston in Winters.

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