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Benton Co. man arrested in shooting death in Hope

A Saturday night shooting left one man dead and another arrested.


Just before 10 p.m. Saturday, deputies from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 300 block of Elm Street in Hope, in regards to a person suffering from a gunshot wound.


Officers from the Hope Police Department and BCSO deputies located Jesse W. Bragg, 18, of Hope, who was shot in the chest inside the residence. Medical aid was immediately rendered. Bragg was pronounced deceased at the scene.


Detectives from both BCSO and CPD responded to conduct a homicide investigation, which resulted in the arrest of Joseph T. Kidwell, 18, of Fowler, Indiana. Kidwell is charged with reckless homicide – a Level 5 felony.


No information was provided as to what led to the shooting. This investigation is ongoing