Man shot in head, charges of attempted murder filed

SPRINGVILLE – A Bedford man was arrested Friday after Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies were alerted to a shooting in the 60 block of Brick Street in Springville.

According to Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham, Central Dispatch received a 911 call from the Springville Store at 6:13 p.m.

“The caller advised that he had been shot in the head and that it had occurred at another location. Deputies from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office arrived and made sure the scene was safe for first responders and EMS to respond,” said Sheriff Mike Branham.

Brandon Penman

Perry Volunteer Fire Department first responders and IU LifeLine ambulance provided medical assistance at the scene to the victim, 36-year-old Brandon Penman from Columbia City, Indiana.

Cody Trowbridge

Penman told deputies that he was shot by 33-year-old Cody Trowbridge at a residence at 1643 State Highway 54, in Springville.

Chief Deputy Gregg Taylor and on-call detectives were then called to continue the investigation. 

Penman was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital by an IU LifeLine ambulance. He was treated and released. He was then arrested by Indiana State Police troopers on an outstanding warrant for operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Whitley County.

Investigators learned Cody Trowbridge was at a residence in the 720 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Investigators were able to obtain search warrants for the residence at 1643 State Highway 54, in Springville, and 722 Lincoln Avenue, in Bedford. The search warrants were executed at both locations with the assistance of the Bedford Police Department’s S.W.A.T. Team at the Bedford address.

Trowbridge was arrested without incident on charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery with a deadly weapon, and obstruction of justice. Sheriff Branham says additional charges are being considered.

Both the Trowbridge’s and Penman’s vehicles were impounded for further investigation.

“The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office thanks its deputies and detectives, the Bedford Police Department, and Indiana State Police for their assistance in bringing this investigation to a safe conclusion,” added Sheriff Branham. 

Anyone with additional information about this case may contact Detective Michael Ramos at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at 812-275-3316.