FBI agent charged in shooting while dancing gets gun back

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

The FBI agent who accidentally shot a bystander while doing a backflip on a Denver nightclub dance floor was granted permission Tuesday by a judge to carry a gun while on- and off-duty.

Bishop, 30, had his Federal Bureau of Investigation badge with him when he went through security before court, and Goddard requested that Judge Fran Simonet modify an existing protection order to allow him to carry his gun both on- and off-duty.

Bishop faces a felony charge of second-degree assault, which carries a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison.

Bishop's attorney, David Goddard, said prosecutors have offered a plea deal but he didn't discuss the details. Prosecutors didn't object so Judge Fran Simonet said Bishop could be armed while on- and off-duty. The agent was off duty at the time of the incident.

Chase Bishop, 29, was charged with second degree assault after a bar patron was shot in the leg when the agent's gun went off in the Denver, Colorado club on June 2.

Ken Lane, spokesman for the district attorney's office, would only confirm the existence of a plea offer.

Under conditions set by the court, Bishop is not allowed to drink or use drugs while his case is pending, the Associated Press reported.

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

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation website, "agents are to be armed at all times". The video then shows the agent putting the gun back into a waistband holster and walking away with his hands up.

Following a court hearing on Tuesday, Judge Frances Simonet of the Denver County Court ruled that Bishop would be allowed to keep his gun. He hired a lawyer who advertises locally about large payouts he's gotten for his clients.

"It's freaky. It's beyond weird", Reddington told ABC News last month, describing the incident.

"I don't want to blame anybody, throw anybody under the truck", he told ABC's Good Morning America programme. At this point, there's nothing we can do to fix it.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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