Dancing FBI agent pleads guilty to shooting, avoids jail time

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Chase Bishop was already guilty of poor judgment on the dance floor, but on Friday the FBI agent pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in order to avoid jail time.

Bishop was off-duty at a Denver bar in early June when he attempted a back flip while dancing and his service gun fell out of his waistband and landed on the ground. As Bishop went to pick up the gun, he accidentally fired a shot. The bullet hit an onlooker, Thomas Reddington, 24, in his left leg. He was not seriously injured.

The defendant pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor, and he was immediately sentenced to two years probation. Under the plea agreement, the more serious charge of second-degree assault was dismissed.

PHOTO: Chase Bishop is seen here in a mugshot provided by Denver Police Department.Denver Police Department via AP
Chase Bishop is seen here in a mugshot provided by Denver Police Department.

Bishop reported to probation Friday and was released.

Under this agreement he also had to pay to the victim’s assistance fund, victim compensation fund, court costs and other administrative court fees. He also had to pay a $1,200 probation supervisor fee.

He originally pleaded not guilty to the second-degree assault charge on Nov. 8.

PHOTO: FBI agent Chase Bishop, 29, makes his first appearance in the Denver courthouse after he was charged with second-degree assault, June 13, 2018.KMGH
FBI agent Chase Bishop, 29, makes his first appearance in the Denver courthouse after he was charged with second-degree assault, June 13, 2018.

The 29-year-old Bishop works out of Washington, D.C., but was at the Mile High Spirits Tasting Room in Denver when the accident occurred. He had not been drinking at the time, as his BAC returned 0.00, according to court records.

“It’s bizarre. It’s beyond bizarre,” Reddington told ABC News in June, describing the incident. “It’s beyond comprehension I think right now for me, just with all the factors involved.”

ABC News’ Clayton Sandell contributed to this report.



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