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Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who dropped, fired gun while dancing charged with assault

13 June 2018

An off-duty Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who accidentally shot a man at a Denver bar after doing a dance floor backflip was charged on Tuesday with second-degree assault, prosecutors said.

"It is shocking that the only shooting to ever occur at our establishment came about as a result of an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent entering our distillery tasting room carrying a loaded firearm without our knowledge, in violation of our rules", the posting said.

Chase Bishop, 29, was being held in a detention center in downtown Denver. The video shows Bishop's handgun falling to the floor mid-flip, then discharging into the surrounding crowd with a loud pop when he reaches to recover it. In a video, Bishop is seen dancing and then doing a backflip - during which his pistol dropped from his waistband and landed on the floor.

Bishop quickly holsters his gun as some patrons flee and others appear shocked and confused. As he is about to land his back flip, his gun flies out from the holster at the back of his trousers.

"We are filing this charge now rather than waiting until the BAC report is received, which we understand could take another week, because sufficient evidence has been presented to file it", Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said.

Multiple sources told 9Wants to Know that Bishop is not assigned to the Denver office and works out of Washington D.C. "The FBI will continue to fully cooperate with the Denver Police Department and the Denver District Attorney's Office as this matter proceeds through the judicial process".

A man who identified himself in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" as Thomas Reddington was shot in the leg.

"Then I looked down at my leg and see some brown residue, ..." The agent was on vacation at the time of the incident and not on duty.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who dropped, fired gun while dancing charged with assault