Backflipping FBI Agent Charged With Assault Over Wild Denver Bar Shooting

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

Denver police previously said investigators were waiting on alcohol and drug tests before determining whether any arrest would be made. Bishop has been charged with assault and additional charges might be filed.

As he scrambled to pick up the handgun, it fired, shooting Thomas Reddington in the leg. The victim was treated and released from a hospital.

When he went to grab it, the gun went off and wounded a man.

"The FBI will continue to fully cooperate with the Denver Police Department and the Denver District Attorney's Office as this matter proceeds through the judicial process", Sanders said.

An attorney for the man hit by Bishop's stray bullet told CNN affiliate KMGH that it struck his client's main artery, and that he could have bled to death if a nearby bar patron had not applied a tourniquet.

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It went off as Mr Bishop retrieved it.

Video from the June 3 incident shows Bishop landing a backflip at the Mile High Spirits bar, and reaching down to pick up the weapon that had fallen from his trousers.

"I heard a loud bang and I thought some idiot set off a firecracker", Reddington said.

"Then I looked down at my leg and see some brown residue, ..." All of a sudden from the knee down it became completely red. "And that's when it clicked in my head, 'Oh, I've been shot'".

Legal experts have said Reddington might be able to sue Bishop if he is proved to have been negligent.

Denver police spokesman Doug Schepman said in an email that once the investigation into the shooting is complete, the department will review the actions of its officers.

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