AN off-duty FBI agent who accidentally shot a punter in a US bar while doing a backflip has been charged with second-degree assault.
Chase Bishop, 29, turned himself in to the Denver Sheriff’s Department just over a week after video surfaced showing the dangerous dancefloor stunt.
An off-duty FBI agent who accidentally shot a punter in a US bar while doing a backflip has been charged
In the footage, shot on June 2, the agent was delighting a watching crowd with his dancing at the city’s Mile High Spirits bar when he attempted a backflip.
His firearm flew from his waistband and went off as he hastily scrambled to pick it up – causing drinker Tom Reddington to suffer a serious gunshot wound to the lower leg.
The 32-second video of the jaw-dropping incident went viral after being posted online, leading to Chase being identified as the suspect.
He could now face between two to six years in prison and a fine of up to £375,000.
AP:Associated Press Chase Bishop, 29, turned himself in after video of the dangerous dancefloor stunt went viral
Additional charges may be filed against him depending on test results for blood alcohol content.
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 agency.
She said: “In order to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we are unable to comment regarding this matter.
“The FBI will continue to fully cooperate with the Denver Police Department and the Denver District Attorney’s Office as this matter proceeds through the judicial process.”
Victim Reddington revealed last week that he and his friends were sitting at one of the tables when he heard “a loud bang” that he thought was a firecracker.
He said: “Then I looked at my leg and see some brown residue. 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’.”
In a statement posted on Facebook two days after the incident, Mile High Spirits bar said one of its “innocent patrons was shot” because of the agent’s “misconduct.”
It said: “It is shocking that the only shooting to ever occur at our establishment came about as a result of an FBI agent entering our distillery tasting room carrying a loaded firearm without our knowledge, in violation of our rules.