Dancing FBI agent facing charges in accidental shooting

Posted at 12:49 PM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-12 14:49:07-04

Chase Bishop, the FBI agent who is accused of accidentally shooting a man at a Denver distillery earlier this month has been arrested on charges of second-degree assault, according to jail records.

According to the jail records, the 29-year-old Bishop was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday and has been booked into the Downtown Denver Detention Center. The Denver District Attorney’s Office said Bishop has not yet been formally charged.

Bishop is under investigation following an incident that occurred June 1st at Mile High Spirits in Denver. In the now viral video, Bishop can be seen dancing and then doing a backflip. When he flips, you can see a gun fall from his waistband. The video then shows Bishop reach for the gun and allegedly accidentally fire the weapon, hitting another man at the establishment.

Our reporting partner, 9News in Denver, said that multiple sources told them that Bishop works out of Washington D.C. and is a decorated former Army captain who served in Afghanistan.

Our Denver partner also reported that a former FBI agent informed them that an agent who accidentally discharges a weapon will be automatically suspended for three days without pay. This agent also said that if there are aggravating circumstances to the accidental discharge, the discipline could be more severe, up to termination.

Aggravating circumstances can be violations of policy, whether someone was injured, whether alcohol was involved, or whether local laws or ordinances were violated.