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Middle TN wedding party confronted by woman carrying gun

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Myra Jean Neal (Photo from Bedford Co. Sheriff's Office) Myra Jean Neal (Photo from Bedford Co. Sheriff's Office)
SHELBYVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Every bride hopes for a memorable wedding day, but one woman's desire for the perfect photo had her staring down the barrel of a gun.

The couple and their wedding party were taking pictures near an old red caboose in the middle of a Bedford County field when they say a woman with a gun showed up.

"I've been around here for a while, and I think this is the first wedding call we've received," said Bedford County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Barrett.

According to investigators, the caboose is on private property, and the owners live in Brentwood. When neighbor Myra Jean Neal came and told the wedding party to leave, they told her they would "soon."

"But evidently soon wasn't quick enough," Barrett said. "And the lady went to her home that oversees the property, got a pistol and shot."

A deputy's report says Neal pointed the gun at the wedding party's truck then directly at the bride's head.

"If they thought there was some sort of damage or they were up to no good - it's pretty obvious that the lady's in a wedding dress, and she's got a wedding party there with her," Barrett said.

Neal would not speak with Channel 4 News when our crew visited her home Monday.

"The lady should've called the sheriff's department for trespassers and not try to take it into her own hands," Barrett said.

As for the bride and groom, they'll soon be moving from Nashville to California, and they now have quite the wedding tale to tell.

"A lot of people have wedding stories. She'll have a good one," Barrett said.

Witnesses tell Channel 4 News the gun was never pointed at the bride. They say it was pointed up at the sky.

Neal doesn't have a criminal history. She's now charged with two counts of reckless endangerment.

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