The Denver nightclub where a man was shot in the leg by a dancing, off-duty FBI agent, whose wild moves included backflips, has offered the victim drinks on the house until the end of time.
Mile High Spirits stated that the victim is "welcome at Mile High Spirits to enjoy complimentary drinks forever” in a Monday press release.
The FBI agent’s backflip backfired, literally, on Saturday at the establishment. During the move, which attracted quite a crowd even before the shooting, his gun to slipped out of his pants and fell onto the dancefloor. Viral 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.
The victim's lawyer, Frank Azar, told The Denver Post that he is “pretty seriously hurt” but he has been released from the hospital.
“He’s still bleeding,” Azar said. “He’s on crutches. He’s in a lot of pain, and he’s still in shock.”
Still, Azar said both he and his client don’t want the agent to lose his job.
“I feel sorry for the agent,” he told the Post. “That’s got to be a terrible thing to have to happen. People make mistakes."
After offering the man who was shot free drinks for life, Mile High Spirits said, “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. 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.
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