'Heroic' Groom Slain At Bachelor Party While Allegedly Attempting To Thwart Shooter

Christopher Smith allegedly died trying to stop an armed bar patron from harming others.

By M.L. Nestel
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A groom who was two weeks away from tying the knot with his fiancée was fatally shot while allegedly attempting to stop a shooter during his bachelor party. 

Christopher Smith, 41, had been enjoying Friday night out with friends at Jake’s Pub in Indianapolis when he stood up to an alleged armed patron, according to the Fox station WXIN.

Smith’s bachelor party turned deadly when the alleged shooter appeared and brandished his firearm. 

“The situation took a turn, however, when Smith and others overheard people shouting, ‘This guy has got a gun. Call the cops. This guy has a gun,’" Shanon Singer-Mann, the sister of Smith’s fiancée, told WXIN. “When they did that, my brother-in-law jumped up and tried to charge the guy to try and keep him from doing anything.”

The watering hole located on West Southport Road quickly became a crime scene after Smith and another person were struck with gunfire at around 10 p.m., the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department stated in a written release obtained by Oxygen.com.  

Smith was rushed to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital where he succumbed to gunshot wounds.

The other shot person was reportedly in “serious condition,” according to the statement.  

A spokesman for the police department referred questions about any arrests in Smith's shooting death to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. 

An official with the office explained that the investigation remains active as authorities determine what charges, if any, will be brought against the alleged shooter.

Now Singer-Mann and other loved ones are trying to make sure Smith’s legacy isn’t lost or tarnished. 

“My hope is that the world will get just a glimpse of what an amazing man Chris was,” she wrote on Facebook. “He wasn't just some thug in a bar fight. He was a great man. A godly man.”

She added that Smith was at Jake’s Pub “to celebrate getting married” and that his defense against the alleged shooter was a “heroic act.”

“Heaven is a lil more wonderful with him in it. We love you Chris,” she wrote.

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