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FBI Agent Accidentally Shoots Patron At Nightclub After Doing A Backflip
Video of the incident shows the agent trying to pick up the gun and accidentally pulling the trigger.
His backflip backfired.
An off-duty FBI agent who busted a move at a Denver nightclub on Saturday accidentally set off his gun and shot a patron.
"Everyone was kind of shocked after it happened because [the agent] kind of put his gun back away and then he walked away," a witness who was only identified as Julie told KDVR in Denver.
The agent attracted a crowd at Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar with his flashy dance moves. 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 shows the agent trying to pick up the gun and accidentally pulling the trigger.
A patron was shot in the leg and is expected to survive. Neither the agent nor the victim has been identified.
Bystanders said the agent didn’t check to see if the person he shot was okay, according to The Denver Channel. One person who did not want to be identified told the channel his brought the victim to the ground and used his belt "as a tourniquet" for the man's leg.
The agent was taken to a police station in the city and released to an FBI supervisor. No charges have been filed and the FBI has commented on the shooting.
"The incident is being investigated by the Denver Police Homicide Unit and charges will be determined by the Denver District Attorney’s Office," the Denver Police Department said in a statement.
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.
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