According to Wave 3 News,

“A McCracken County (KY) sheriff’s deputy has been fired for a negligent discharge of his weapon in a church, according to the sheriff’s department.

On Monday, May 11, Deputy Cory Golightly was fired due to departmental policy infractions, including the departmental policy on the use and handling of weapons.

According to the sheriff’s department, on Saturday, May 2 it was reported that an off-duty officer had an accidental weapon discharge in Bardwell, Ky.

The officer, Golightly, was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

On Friday, May 8, a preliminary report was provided by the Carlisle County Sheriff’s Office to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department for review. Information from that report, as well as statements from Golightly, were considered as part of the investigation.

McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden said Deputy Cory Golightly was involved in a shooting incident in Carlisle County.

The incident happened after a wedding ceremony at the Bardwell Baptist Church in Bardwell, Ky.

Golightly, his mother, and other family members were in the lower part of the church getting ready to leave for the wedding reception at Columbus Park.

Golightly’s mother had just walked out of the restroom when a shot rang out and she grabbed her stomach, according to the Carlisle County Sheriff’s Department. She was taken to Vanderbilt Hospital.

Hayden said it did not involve a gun or a holster issued by the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department.

No foul play was suspected.”

The deputy had reportedly had a previous negligent discharge while on duty.


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