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FBI agent who accidentally fired gun during the dance, accused of abuse

FBI Agent Chase Bishop gave himself up to the authorities and could face a second-degree assault charges.

(Denver Police)

An off-duty FBI agent whose weapon discharged while he was dancing at a Denver nightclub, striking another patron in the leg, was formally charged with second-degree assault Tuesday.

Prosecutors said that the 29-year-old Chase Bishop may be confronted with additional costs, depending on the results of blood-alcohol analysis.

“We are filing these charges now instead of waiting until the BAC report is received, understand that we could have a week, because sufficient evidence is presented to the” Denver district Attorney Beth McCann said in a statement obtained by KDVR. “If payment has to be made after further evidence is received, we can file those charges.”

The police said Bishop was dancing at the old town Metres High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar on June 2, when the gun fell from his waistband holster on the floor. The weapon went off when the agent picked it up, striking patron Tom Reddington in the leg.

“We sit on one of those picnic tables — I heard a loud bang and I thought that some idiot with a firecracker,” Reddington told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” last week.

“When I looked down at my leg and some brown residue … I’m still thinking that it is a fireworks … all of a sudden, from the knee down my leg was completely red. And that is when it clicked in my head, ‘Oh, I’ve been shot.'”

The owners of the distillery released a statement on Facebook saying that the agent had violated the rules by carrying a loaded firearm in the tasting room.

“We are deeply saddened by the events that have occurred and look forward to speaking with representatives of the FBI, so that we can come to understand his presence and his need to be armed in our establishment,” he said.

The distillery also offered Reddington “free drinks forever.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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