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NSP Press Release July 12, 2020: The Nebraska State Patrol SWAT Team has arrested a man after a brief standoff in Broken Bow following a homicide in rural Custer County Saturday evening.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday (July 11, 2020), the Custer County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported shooting that occurred at 80451 Round Valley Road, north of Broken Bow. The victim, Crystal Esch, 62, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The suspect, Trenton Esch, 44, is the stepson of the victim.

Esch was believed to have fled to his residence at 208 South N Street in Broken Bow. NSP SWAT responded to the scene. At approximately, 9:40 p.m., Esch exited the residence voluntarily and was taken into custody without further incident.

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

NSP Facebook Post approximately 10:30 a.m. Sunday July 12, 2020: Last night in Broken Bow, NSP SWAT was able to peacefully end a standoff with the suspect of a homicide north of town earlier Saturday evening. Thanks to the Custer County Sheriff's Office for their work as well. The investigation remains ongoing.

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