Dancing FBI agent facing charges in accidental shooting

Clay Curtis
June 13, 2018

An off-duty Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who accidentally shot someone while doing a backflip has been charged with assault.

FBI Agent Chase Bishop was booked on suspicion of second-degree assault after his service pistol fell from his trousers while he was dancing in a nightclub.

The New York Post reports, Bishop's gun discharged and struck fellow reveller Tom Reddington in the leg at the Mile High Spirits bar in Downtown Denver. He scrambles for the gun, which fires as he picks it up.

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

Chase Bishop, 29, turned himself into police and was booked into the Denver County jail on a single felony count, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said in a statement.

The off-duty agent was showing off his moves in the center of a dance circle at Mile High Spirits bar on June 2 when he launched into a back handspring.

The agent, who has been named in the USA as Chase Bishop, could also face further charges pending the results of an alcohol blood test.

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Bishop is due back in court on July 10. A 32-second video obtained by ABC affiliate KMGH shows the agent in the middle of the dance floor surrounded by patrons, some of whom can be seen with their phones out.

Mr Bishop will be arraigned on a charge of second-degree assault.

Attorney David Goddard asked that Bishop be allowed to travel because he lives and works in Washington, D.C. Prosecutors did not object.

"It's freaky. It's beyond freaky", Reddington said, describing the incident.

The FBI agent, meanwhile, was taken in by police and later released to his supervisor.

Chase Bishop is seen here in a mugshot provided by Denver Police Department.

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