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FBI agent who accidentally shot bar patron while dancing at nightclub charged with assault

June 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
FBI agent who accidentally shot bar patron while dancing at nightclub charged with assault

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FBI agent Chase Bishop who accidentally shot bar patron while dancing at nightclub charged with assault

The off-duty FBI agent who accidentally shot a man in the leg after his service weapon discharged while he was dancing at a Denver nightclub was charged with second-degree assault Tuesday.

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said in a statement Tuesday that Prosecutors were awaiting results of a blood alcohol analysis to determine whether to pursue additional charges against 29-year-old Chase Bishop, KDVR reported.

Bishop performed a backflip while dancing at the Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar in downtown Denver on June 2 when his firearm fell out of his waistband holster onto the floor.

The weapon discharged when the agent went to pick it up, hitting the patron Tom Reddington in the leg.

“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,” McCann said. “If an additional charge needs to be filed after further evidence is received, we can file those charges then.”

“We sat down at one of those picnic tables — I heard a loud bang and I thought some idiot set off a firecracker,” Reddington told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” last week.

“I looked down at my leg and see some brown residue … I’m still thinking it’s a firework … all of a sudden from the knee down my leg became completely red. And that’s when it clicked in my head, ‘Oh, I’ve been shot.'”

The owners of the bar released a statement on Facebook saying that the agent had violated the facility’s rules by carrying a loaded firearm into the tasting room.

“We are deeply saddened by the events that occurred and look forward to speaking with representatives of the FBI, so we can come to understand his presence and his need to be armed in our establishment,” it said.

The establishment also offered Reddington “complimentary drinks forever.”

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