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Woman shoots man in Jennings County

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A Jennings County woman shot a Bartholomew County man in the leg Saturday after she found him in her 16-year-old granddaughter’s bedroom, police say.

Daniel J. Sidwell, 28, of John Street in Clifford was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of a gunshot wound to his right ankle after the incident, reported at about 11 a.m. at a residence in the Butlerville area.

Brenda Bowers, the woman accused of shooting Sidwell at her home on County Road 650E near 900N, was not charged in the incident, which remains under investigation, said Maj. Jerry Shepherd, public information officer with Jennings County Sheriff’s Department.

Bowers told Jennings County dispatchers that she confronted Sidwell with a .22-caliber handgun after finding him in her granddaughter’s bedroom.

Jennings County officers Kevin Hall, Mike Mowery and Wes Thayer along with local emergency medical services personnel responded to the home and spoke with Bowers.

Bowers said she told Sidwell he was not welcome in her home and was not supposed to be there. Bowers then fired the gun and Sidwell fled from the residence, police said.

Sidwell reportedly ran south and was later located by officers in a wooded area about 100 yards from Bowers’ home.

Sidwell was taken to a waiting ambulance and then transported to the emergency room at St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon before he was transferred by ambulance to St. Vincent Hospital on Indianapolis’ northwest side. His condition was not known Tuesday, Shepherd said.

Police were later told the granddaughter had let Sidwell into the residence without the consent or knowledge of Bowers.

Deputies will complete their investigation and forward the information to the Jennings County prosecutor’s office for review and determination of whether any charges should be filed, Shepherd said Tuesday.

Detective Sgt. Jim Blevins and Detective Sgt. Jeff Jones also have been assigned to the investigation.

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