An FBI agent whose gun went off after doing a backflip on the dance floor has been taken into custody Tuesday reports NBC News. Chase Bishop, whose video has since gone viral on social media, accidentally fired his service weapon after it dropped out of its holster at a nightclub. One club-goer was struck but apparently the 29-year-old agent seemed unaware that he hit anyone.
Bishop is being held in a detention center in Downtown Denver. He is currently facing charges of second-degree assault but KUSA reports that he hasn’t been formally charged. Bishop turned himself into authorities, the Denver Sheriff’s Department, Tuesday and remains under investigation.
The club-goer who was struck by Bishop’s stray bullet was transported to the local hospital and is listed in good condition.
The Denver Post initially reported:
An off-duty FBI agent dancing at a Denver nightclub accidentally discharged a firearm, wounding another patron in the leg, police said Saturday. The victim, an adult male, was rushed to a local hospital in good condition, said Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson.
Police have refused to identify the hospital.
Jackson said the agent, whose identity wasn’t released, was dancing at the downtown club around 12:45 a.m. Saturday when the firearm fell from the agent’s waistband holster onto the floor. It discharged when the agent picked it up.
Police investigators interviewed the agent before releasing the agent to an FBI supervisor. The police investigation was continuing, and any charges would be determined by the Denver District Attorney’s Office, said Officer Marika Putnam.
Denver FBI spokeswoman Amy Sanders declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation.
Authorities did interrogate the agent prior to turning himself in and released him pending the recommendation by the district attorney’s office.
Maybe stricter gun control laws should be considered law enforcement as well. These trained civil servants have found themselves in the spotlight as of late with the latest incident being an officer who left his gun in the bathroom of a Burger King. Local authorities are now pleading with the community to come forward with information as to the whereabouts of the service weapon.