Indiana wedding ends with groom in jail and one person shot after guest flirted with woman

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Corey Parker (right) and Jonathon Goff (left) arrested after a marital fight in Indiana on May 18 (Indiana State Police)

Corey Parker (right) and Jonathon Goff (left) arrested after a marital fight in Indiana on May 18 (Indiana State Police)

What was meant to be one of the happiest days of a couple’s lives ended in a travesty after the groom and a guest at an Indiana wedding were arrested following an apparent shooting at the reception.

Corey Parker, who was just hours into celebrating his wedding, was arrested on May 18 outside Cornerstone Hall in Salem, his wedding venue, and charged with assault and criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon.

Although Mr. Parker and his wife have been legally married since 2022, the occasion appeared to be a wedding and nuptials celebration, according to wedding records obtained by WAVE 3.

During the wedding reception celebration, 911 was called to the Indiana State Police by a woman who claimed that Mr. Parker had shot her boyfriend during an argument with a man named Jonathon Goff, explaining to police that she thought it was a drunken accident, court documents obtained through the described outlet.

Corey Parker was celebrating his wedding when he ended up in custody (Indiana State Police)Corey Parker was celebrating his wedding when he ended up in custody (Indiana State Police)

Corey Parker was celebrating his wedding when he ended up in custody (Indiana State Police)

The shooting reportedly stemmed from an initial disagreement between Mr. Goff and his own wife after he was accused of flirting with another woman, the newspaper reported.

Mr. Goff’s wife and the new bride had left the reception to return to a hotel in Salem. When Mr. Parker also announced he was leaving afterward, he and Mr. Goff reportedly got into an argument, which escalated into the pair pushing each other, the outlet said.

Mr. Parker was getting into his car, which had a gun in the center console, when Mr. Goff encountered him.

The gun managed to get mangled in both hands when “in all the rustling and commotion the gun went off,” Mr. Parker told police, punching the 911 caller’s friend in the hand, WAVE 3 reported .

Jonathon Goff was arrested with groom after man was shot in the hand (Indiana State Police)Jonathon Goff was arrested with groom after man was shot in the hand (Indiana State Police)

Jonathon Goff was arrested with groom after man was shot in the hand (Indiana State Police)

Mr. Parker, according to the newspaper, said he did not intend to shoot the man and did not even know where he came from while locked in the brawl, but suspected he was coming toward him to try to fire the gun. to grab. both men.

While the victim was sent to the hospital with hand injuries, both men were arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail in Salem, with injuries visible in their mugshot photos.

Mr Parker appeared in court on May 20 and pleaded not guilty. He was given a $3,000 cash bond, which was posted Thursday, court records show.

Mr. Goff has also been charged with reckless endangerment and criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon. He was also released on a $3,000 bond after pleading not guilty.

The groom and Mr. Goff are both expected to be back in court on September 3 for a jury trial.

The independent has contacted Indiana State Police for more information.