FBI Agent Charged Over Backflip Shooting

More charges possible beyond second-degree assault
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2018 7:11 AM CDT
This photo provided by the Denver Police Department shows Chase Bishop.   (Denver Police Department via AP)

(Newser) – Chase Bishop probably isn't in the mood for backflips anymore after his infamous one at a Denver bar earlier this month. The FBI agent who accidentally shot a man in the leg after his gun fell from its holster while dancing turned himself in to Denver police Tuesday and was booked into jail on a charge of second-degree assault. The 29-year-old from the FBI's Washington Field Office, due in court Wednesday, may also face additional charges, depending on the results of a blood alcohol test, per CBS News. Those results are expected in about a week.

Bishop was off duty but in Denver for training at the time of the June 2 shooting at Mile High Spirits, reports the Denver Channel. Pointing out that it's against its rules for a patron to carry a firearm without informing staff, the bar says 24-year-old victim Thomas Reddington is "welcome at Mile High Spirits to enjoy complimentary drinks forever," per the New York Times. Reddington's lawyer says he's weighing a lawsuit against the FBI, which is conducting its own investigation, with suspension and termination among possible outcomes. (Read more FBI agent stories.)

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