Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who dropped gun while dancing charged

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

A video of the incident captured by another bar patron, and spread widely online, showed Bishop break dancing, then performing a backflip.

He has not been formally charged by the Denver DA's Office.

Our Denver partner also reported that a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent informed them that an agent who accidentally discharges a weapon will be automatically suspended for three days without pay.

Chase Bishop, 29, was being held in a detention center in downtown Denver. During the flip, his gun falls out of his trousers and when Bishop picks it up, the gun fires. Bishop then put the gun back in his trousers and walked away with his hands up. The agent was taken to police headquarters and later released to a supervisor with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This agent also said that if there are aggravating circumstances to the accidental discharge, the discipline could be more severe, up to termination.

The FBI field office in Denver declined to comment on the incident "to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation", said Amy Sanders, a spokeswoman.

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According to police officials, a man in the crowd was shot in the leg and taken to a hospital.

"Then I looked at my leg and see some brown residue".

"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.

The shooting left Thomas Reddington, 24, with a bullet wound to his left leg. The agent was on vacation at the time of the incident and not on duty.

Colorado gun laws allow "qualified current and retired law enforcement officers" to carry concealed handguns. She previously covered criminal justice, courts and legal affairs at the Indianapolis Star.

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