Police are done investigating off-duty FBI agent Chase Bishop after his gun went off on the dance floor at a nightclub in downtown Denver. The gun accidently fired and shot a patron in the leg after it dropped out of its holster while Bishop was doing a backflip. The agent has been charged with second-degree assault.
“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 obtained by KDVR. “If an additional charge needs to be filed after further evidence is received, we can file those charges then.”
Police have said Bishop was dancing at the downtown Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar on June 2 when the gun fell out of his waistband holster onto the floor. The firearm went off when the agent picked it up, striking patron Tom Reddington in the leg.
“We sat down at one of those picnic tables — I heard a loud bang and I thought some idiot set off a firecracker,” Reddington told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” last week.
“Then I looked down at my leg and see some brown residue … I’m still thinking it’s a firework … all of a sudden from the knee down my leg became completely red. And that’s when it clicked in my head, ‘Oh, I’ve been shot.'”
The owners of the distillery released a statement on Facebook saying that the agent had violated the facility’s rules by carrying a loaded firearm into the tasting room.