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FBI Agent Chase Bishop turned himself in to authorities and could face a second-degree assault charge Dancing FBI agent whose gun went off after backflip now faces assault charge | The Sacramento Bee
Deanna Wagner | 14 June, 2018, 05:47

An FBI special agent in Denver who accidentally shot a nightclub patron after doing a backflip has been charged with one count of second-degree assault. This is following a recent incident where his weapon fell and was discharged on the dance floor at Denver's Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar.

The Denver District Attorney's Office said Bishop, 29, turned himself in on Tuesday morning after an arrest warrant was issued and has since been booked into jail.

Denver police have said Bishop was dancing at a nightclub in the early hours of June 2 when the gun fell from his waistband holster and hit the floor. He scrambles for the gun, which fires as he picks it up.

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said further charges may be laid against the agent, depending on the outcome of a blood alcohol test. Bishop was released to an Federal Bureau of Investigation supervisor that night and not arrested.

He is due to appear on the charge on Wednesday.

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Bishop works out of the FBI's Washington, D.C., office, according to 9News.

The man who was shot, Tom Reddington, told "Good Morning America" last week that he and his friends were sitting at one of the tables when he heard "a loud bang" that he thought was a firecracker. I'm still thinking it's a firework. all of a sudden from the knee down my leg became completely red.

"It's freakish. It's beyond weird", Reddington said, describing the incident. Bystanders said Bishop didn't check to see if the person he shot was okay, according to The Denver Channel.

Former FBI Agent-in-Charge Bob Pence, who used to run the Denver office, pointed out to The Denver Channel that agents are supposed to carry guns on them at all times. Reddington has been offered "complimentary drinks forever" at the business.