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Broken Bow reels from Saturday shooting, man arrested for killing stepmom

44-year old Trenton Esch in Dawson County Jail
44-year old Trenton Esch was arrested Saturday after a brief stand off with law enforcement. Esch was taken to the Dawson County Jail in Lexington for the murder of his stepmother, 62-year old Crystal Esch of Broken Bow.
44-year old Trenton Esch was arrested Saturday after a brief stand off with law enforcement. Esch was taken to the Dawson County Jail in Lexington for the murder of his stepmother, 62-year old Crystal Esch of Broken Bow.(Dawson County Jail)
Published: Jul. 12, 2020 at 11:21 AM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The town of Broken Bow is in shock this morning after the shooting death of 62-year old Crystal Esch, a mom, grandmother, and respected business owner and resident of Broken Bow. Hundreds of people have already reached out to the family via social media throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning, offering condolences.

Sunday morning Cody Thomas with the Nebraska State Patrol released the details of a horrifying event in which 44-year-old Trenton Esch of Broken Bow was arrested for shooting and killing his stepmother, Crystal Esch. The shooting is reported to have happened at 80451 Round Valley Road, north of Broken Bow at approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

It is believed that Esch fled to his residence at 208 South N Street in Broken Bow after the shooting. NSP SWAT responded to the scene, and after a brief standoff around 9:40 p.m. Esch exited the residence voluntarily and was taken into custody without further incident.

Esch has been lodged in Dawson County Jail. The Nebraska State Patrol is leading the ongoing investigation.

Court records show in 2015 Trenton Esch was released from prison on an appeal. He was serving a sentence for shooting at a Custer County Sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle. The Nebraska Supreme Court overturned his conviction on a felony gun charge he had been sentenced on in March 2013, for the incident which occurred in March 2012.

News 2 is following this case closely.

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