FBI agent faces assault charge after accidental dance floor shooting

Published: June 13, 2018 14:28:51 | Updated: June 15, 2018 20:43:17

An off-duty FBI agent who accidentally shot a man while dancing in a Denver nightclub has been charged with second-degree assault.

The agent, named by police as Chase Bishop, was performing a backflip in a nightclub in the US when his gun fell out of his pocket and shot a bystander in the leg.

Bishop handed himself in to police on Tuesday and has been charged with second-degree assault, says a BBC report.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday for a hearing.

“Additional charges may be filed based on the results of a pending blood alcohol content analysis,” the Denver District Attorney’s office said in a statement on Tuesday.

An FBI spokeswoman would not comment on the incident “in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation,” the Associated Press news agency reported.

Video of the incident involving Bishop, 29, was widely viewed on social media.

The gun fell to the floor and, as the agent went to grab it, it fired a shot.

The customer hit by the bullet was taken to hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

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