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Dancing FBI agent who shot man after dropping gun, turns self in to Denver police

Police are investigating an accidental shooting that sent a person to a hospital early Saturday morning. The apparent, accidental shooting happened just before 12:45 a.m. at a club in the 2200 block of Lawrence Street in the Lower Downtown neighborhood of Denver.
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By NOELLE PHILLIPS | The Denver Post | Published: June 12, 2018

DENVER (Tribune News Service) — An FBI agent who shot a man in the leg after dropping his gun while doing a backflip on a dance floor has been booked into a Denver jail.

Chase Bishop, 29, is being held in the Downtown Detention Center on suspicion of second-degree assault, according to inmate records on the Denver Sheriff Department website.

He turned himself in on Tuesday morning after an arrest warrant was issued by Denver police, said Maro Casparian, a spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney’s Office. The DA’s office has not filed formal charges, she said.

Bishop made international news earlier this month when a video of the shooting became public.

Bishop was partying at Mile High Spirits, a distillery and dance club in the Ballpark neighborhood, while off duty. In the video, Bishop is dancing and then performs a back flip. During the flip, his gun falls out of his pants and when Bishop picks it up, the gun fires. Bishop then places the gun in his waistband and walks off the dance floor with his hands in the air.

The bullet hit the victim in an artery in his leg, according to previous news reports. His attorney, Frank Azar, said the injury was serious but the man would recover.

FBI officials have refused to release Bishop’s name although he had been identified by other media outlets. The FBI also has not released any information about its policy for agents carrying weapons while off duty and in alcohol establishments.

Denver police previously said investigators were waiting on alcohol and drug tests before determining whether any arrest would be made.

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Chase Bishop is shown in a Denver Police Department booking photo and in a screen capture from a video that shows his gun discharging as he attempts to pick it up after losing it in a backflip.

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