Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Chase Bishop charged over gun firing in bar

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An off-duty Federal Bureau of Investigation 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 presented himself to the Denver Sheriff's Department on Tuesday.

Bishop was dancing at a Denver nightclub June 2 when his service weapon fell out of his waistband holster as he attempted to do a back handspring, authorities said. He scrambles for the gun, which fires as he picks it up. Police are also awaiting the results of a toxicology test, which could result in additional charges.

Chase Bishop, who is based in the bureau's Washington Field Office, has been booked into jail but has not been formally charged by the Denver district attorney, the office tweeted Tuesday.

"If an additional charge needs to be filed after further evidence is received, we can file those charges then".

Bishop did not speak in court Wednesday but nodded his head with his hands crossed in front of him.

Prosecutors say Bishop, 29, was partying while off duty last week at a Denver club.

Thomas Reddington, 24, who was hit by the bullet in the leg, told "Good Morning America" on Thursday that he was still confused by the incident.

'We sat down at one of those picnic tables, I heard a loud bang and I thought some idiot set off a firecracker, ' he said in his first interview. "My leg from the knee down became completely red".

"It's freaky. It's beyond weird", Reddington said, describing the incident.

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". "The whole team at Mile High Spirits is praying for the victim's quick recovery, and he's welcome at Mile High Spirits to enjoy complimentary drinks forever".

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