HAMPDEN, Maine — A local man with a 1988 manslaughter conviction in Utah has been arrested after shooting another man in the leg during a verbal confrontation at a local trailer park, according to police.
The incident occurred around 5 p.m. at Hampden Trailer Park on Main Road, Sgt. Scott Webber of Hampden Police Department said Saturday evening.
Rodger Penmen, 53, has been arrested on felony charges of elevated aggravated assault and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, where he is being held on $10,000 cash bail, according to Webber.
The victim was shot once in the left thigh but is not believed to have a life-threatening injury, Webber said. He was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was being treated Saturday night for his injury.
“There was a considerable amount of blood,” Webber said.
According to the officer, the man who was shot is a Newburgh resident who was visiting a friend at the trailer park when the incident occurred. Penmen and the victim’s friend have a history of not getting along, Webber said, and the confrontation occurred when the friend objected to Penmen walking through the yard of the friend’s trailer.
“Words were exchanged,” Webber said. “[Penmen] produced a firearm and took one shot. There were a number of witnesses to the incident.”
The officer said Penmen left the scene on foot and went to another man’s trailer in the park. Officers from Hampden Police Department, Maine State Police and Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department quickly responded and, with information provided by other residents, determined which trailer Penmen was in. After police announced themselves outside the trailer, Penmen came out peacefully and was taken into custody, Webber said.
He added that Maine State Police were still at the scene of the shooting Saturday night, collecting evidence in the case. Police have not yet recovered the firearm, he said, but believe it to be a 9mm handgun.
In the 1988 Utah case, Penmen was charged with criminal homicide but wound up being convicted on a charge of manslaughter, for which he received a sentence of up to 15 years in prison, Webber said. Additional details about the prior incident were unavailable Saturday evening.