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Dancing FBI agent who accidentally shot man after dropping gun during backflip is charged with assault

Chase Bishop (Denver Police Department)
June 20, 2018

An FBI agent who accidentally shot someone after performing a backflip while dancing at a Denver nightclub and dropping his gun has been charged with one count of second-degree assault, the Denver District Attorney’s office said.

Chase Bishop, 29, turned himself in on Tuesday morning after an arrest warrant was issued by police. He was released on $1,000 bond before his court date in July.

Video of the incident went viral online.

Investigators are awaiting tests on Bishop’s blood alcohol content (BAC) during the time of the incident, and more charges could be pending.

“We are filing this charge now rather than waiting until the BAC 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 a statement. “If an additional charge needs to be filed after further evidence is received, we can file those charges then.”

In the video of the incident, Bishop performs a backflip while dancing at Mile High Spirits on June 2.

During the backflip, his firearm falls and hits the floor.

While trying to immediately pick up the firearm, Bishop mishandles his weapon and unintentionally fires, hitting one person in the leg.

The victim’s artery was struck, but he was transported to a nearby hospital and survived.

Bishop was taken to the Denver Police Department headquarters and released to an FBI supervisor.

Bishop was off-duty and on vacation at the time of the incident.

The FBI is conducting an internal investigation into the incident.