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Two deaths in rural Gage County believed to be a murder-suicide

Two deaths in rural Gage County believed to be a murder-suicide

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A man under court order to have no contact with a woman instead fatally shot the woman at her southeastern Nebraska home before killing himself, authorities there said.

Deputies with the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol investigators were called Tuesday morning to a home near Blue Springs by someone reporting two people dead at the home, the patrol said in a news release.

Officials who arrived on the scene found found Jason Arnold, 49, of Blue Springs, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Inside the home, investigators found the body of 40-year-old Brooke Koch.

The patrol said Arnold had been scheduled to appear in Gage County Court on Tuesday morning for violation of a protection order that prohibited him from contacting Koch.

The Gage County Attorney has requested autopsies on Koch and Arnold as part of the investigation, the patrol said.



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