Suspect of Standoff & Shooting in Broken Bow, Oklahoma Arrested

1 min readJul 12, 2020

A man who involved in standoff after a shooting in Broken Bow arrested by police in rural Custer County on Saturday.

The stepson of the victim was arrested Saturday following a homicide and standoff in Broken Bow, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

Troopers said 44-year-old Trenton Esch, the stepson of the victim, was arrested after a brief standoff with police and killing his stepmother, 66-year-old Crystal Esch, in rural Custer County.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, the Custer County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported shooting at Round Valley Road, north of Broken Bow around 6:30 p.m.

NSP said the victim 62-year-old Crystal Esch was pronounced dead at the scene.

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 pm, 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.

The Nebraska State Patrol is leading the ongoing investigation.

Originally published at on July 12, 2020.




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