FBI agent charged in shooting while dancing gets gun back

Elias Hubbard
July 13, 2018

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Chase Bishop made his second court appearance after his gun discharged and shot a bar patron while he was doing a backflip last month, according to KDVR.

The Associated Press reports Judge Fran Simonet ruled Bishop could be armed while on and off duty after the agent's lawyer argued that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "strongly encourages" its agents to carry service weapons at all times.

During a short hearing on Tuesday, a judge approved a change to Bishop's release conditions so he can carry his weapon again.

According to information obtained by 9News Denver, the terms of the deal have not been disclosed but a plea deal was offered Tuesday.

The judge issued the ruling "so long as it is done in a manner pursuant to Federal Bureau of Investigation policy", said the spokesman Ken Lane.

Denver District Attorney's Office spokesman Ken Lane said toxicology tests on Bishop "do not support further charges".

Chase Bishop, 29, shot to nationwide fame on June 2 during a dance battle at the Mile High Spirits club in Denver, Colorado where his federally assigned pistol fell out the holster as he was doing the backflip to impress the audience. He did not provide any details. It is unknown if Bishop will remain working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The firearm went off when he picked it up.

A gun falls out of his waistband while he does a backflip, and goes off as he picks it up from the floor.

Bishop, who is stationed in Washington, D.C., surrendered to authorities on June 12 after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection to the shooting. The video then shows the agent putting the gun back into a waistband holster and walking away with his hands up.

The man, identified as Tom Reddington, is recovering. He hired a lawyer who advertises locally about large payouts he has gotten for his clients.

"I don't want to blame anybody, throw anybody under the truck", he told ABC's Good Morning America programme. "So, let's just move on and deal with it as best we can", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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