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Dancing FBI Agent Arrested For Accidentally Shooting Man After Doing Backflip
Chase Bishop, a 29-year-old FBI agent, is charged with second-degree assault for the dance move gone wrong.
His backflip landed him behind bars.
An off-duty FBI agent who accidentally shot and wounded a Denver nightclub patron while busting a dance move earlier this month has been arrested.
Chase Bishop, 29, he turned himself in Tuesday at the Denver Sheriff’s Department. He has been charged with second-degree assault, according to The Associated Press. Police are also awaiting the results of a toxicology test, which could result in additional charges.
"We are filing this charge now rather than waiting until the [blood alcohol content] 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 in the statement. "If an additional charge needs to be filed after further evidence is received, we can file those charges then."
The agent's bail has been set at $1,000. His arrest affidavit has been sealed.
Bishop is based in the bureau's Washington, D.C. Field Office and he was on vacation at the time of the accidental discharge. He had attracted a crowd at Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar with his flashy dance moves June 2. He then went for a backflip. He pulled off the move, but it caused his gun to slip out of his pants and fall onto the dancefloor. Video of the incident, which went viral, shows the agent trying to pick up the gun and accidentally pulling the trigger.
A patron who was later identified as Thomas Reddington was shot in the leg, and the bullet hit an artery, causing Reddington to lose a lot of blood and require crutches to recover.
"We sat down at one of these picnic tables and I heard a loud bang and thought, oh, some idiot set off a fire cracker," Reddington told Good Morning America. "My leg from the knee down became completely red. That's when it clicked in my head, 'Oh, I've been shot.'"
Immediately after the shooting, other patrons make a makeshift tourniquet for him out of a belt. Bystanders said Bishop didn’t check to see if the person he shot was okay, according to The Denver Channel.
Reddington has been released from the hospital but his lawyer, Frank Azar, told The Denver Post that he is “pretty seriously hurt.” Both Azar and Reddington have said that they don’t want Bishop to lose his job over the dance gone wrong. The FBI is conducting an internal investigation into the shooting.
Mile High Spirits responded by offering Reddington drinks on the house forever.
“It is shocking that the only shooting to ever occur at our establishment came about as a result of an FBI agent entering our distillery tasting room carrying a loaded firearm without our knowledge, in violation of our rules,” the establishment said in a statement earlier this month. “As a result of his misconduct, one of our innocent patrons was shot.”
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.
"They were permitted to carry off-duty, so they wouldn't have to go home to retrieve equipment before heading out," he said.
[Photo: Denver Sheriff's Department]