An FBI agent who accidentally shot a man after a back flip in a Denver club has been charged with assault

An off-duty FBI agent who, authorities say, accidentally shot someone after his gun flew from his holster as he was doing a back flip inside a Denver bar has been charged with second-degree assault.

Chase Bishop, 29, turned himself in to the Denver Police Department Tuesday and was charged with the Class 4 felony, punishable by two to six years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. The Denver Sheriff’s Department inmate database shows that Bishop has been booked in the Downtown Detention Center. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

The investigation of Bishop was over an incident that took place a little more than a week ago inside a bar near downtown Denver. A 32-second video obtained by ABC affiliate KMGH shows the agent in the middle of the dance floor surrounded by patrons, some of whom can be seen with their phones out. He jumps up, arching his back and swinging his arms above his head. As he is about to land his back flip, his gun flies out from the holster at the back of his pants.

As he picks up the gun from the floor, it fires.

Police said a patron was struck in the lower leg and taken to a hospital. The incident happened about 12:45 a.m. on June 2 at the Mile High Spirits bar. The agent was taken to police headquarters and later released to a supervisor with the FBI.

Additional charges may be filed depending on the blood alcohol content, or BAC, test results, which would not be available for another week, the district attorney’s office said.

Authorities have not said what kind of gun the agent was carrying or why it accidentally fired.

Special Agent Amy Sanders, a spokeswoman for the FBI field office in Denver, declined to comment on Bishop’s employment status with the …read more

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