connectVideoFBI agent who fired gun on the dance floor appears in court
A dancing FBI agent who accidentally fired his gun, hitting a man in the leg after doing a backflip on a Denver bar in June, will avoid prison after pleading guilty Friday to third-degree assault.
Chase Bishop, 30, struck a plea deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to two years of probation, the Denver Post reported. He also must pay more than $ 1,600 in fines and court costs.
Images of the shooting on June 2 in High Spirits and the Distillery went viral. The video showed the Bishop to dance in the middle of a circle to do a backflip. During the backflip, a gun fell to the ground and discharged as a Bishop went to pick it up. After the shot, the Bishop was seen to into his waistband holster and walked away while holding his hands up.
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“My goal in life is to care for, protect, and serve people,” the Bishop said in court Friday. “I had never expected that the result of my actions to lead to something like this.”
He pleaded not guilty in November to second-degree assault, which carries a penalty of up to 16 years in prison. Bishop will be on probation in Georgia. He was in Denver at the time of the incident to the FBI and off-duty at the time of the shooting. FBI spokeswoman Kelsey Pietranton refused to say if he would continue working for the agency.
Tom Reddington, 24, the man who was shot and killed, said in court that he lost his job at an Amazon warehouse after the shooting and may never be able to run again.
“I have done months of physical therapy,” Reddington said. “I have sought counseling. However, in the public, especially the sight of law enforcement with guns, makes me very uncomfortable.”
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But, he added that he is not in possession of a personal grudge against Bishop and not think that he deserved to spend years in prison.
“I have stupid things done in bars to impress girls, and also,” Reddington said.
He said that he hoped that the Bishop doesn’t “carry a gun for a long time.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.