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FBI backflip agent who accidentally shot man in nightclub spared jail

FBI backflip agent who accidentally shot man in nightclub spared jailThe FBI agent who went viral when he accidentally shot someone as he performed a back flip on a dance floor will not be sent to jail, a court has ruled. Chase Bishop was on holiday when he visited the Mile High Spirits nightclub in Denver, Colorado one evening last June With a crowd of late night revellers cheering him on, the 30-year-old showed off the impressive gymnastic manoeuvre during which his loaded gun fell from the waistband of his trousers. As Bishop bent down to pick up the weapon from the floor, it discharged into the screaming crowd and hit Tom Reddington, a 24-year-old former Amazon warehouse worker, in the leg.  A video of the incident, which shows the agent walking off the dance floor with his hands in the air, subsequently went viral on social media. At the time, Mr Reddington told US media that he thought "some idiot had set off a fire cracker" before looking down at his leg and seeing  the blood. FBI agent Chase Bishop was spared a prison term Credit: REUTERS/File Photo He told the court hearing in Denver on Friday that he has since lost his job and may never be able to run again as a result of the injury. "I have done months of physical therapy,"  he said. "I have sought counselling. However, being in public, especially seeing law enforcement with guns, makes me very uncomfortable." However, he added that he does not hold a personal grudge against Bishop and didn’t think he deserved to spend years in jail. “I’ve done stupid things at bars to impress girls, too,” he said but that he hoped he would not be allowed to own a gun for a "long time". Under his deal with prosecutors, Bishop was sentenced to two years probation. He was also fined $ 1,200 and ordered to pay compensation to the victim.  Speaking in court, he said: “My whole goal in life is to care, protect and serve people,” the  agent told the judge  as he pleaded guilty to third degree assault. “I never expected the result of my actions to lead to something like this.” Kelsey Pietranton, an FBI spokeswoman,  declined to say if he would continue to work at the agency.



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The FBI Agent Accused of Accidental Shooting During a Backflip Has Been Arrested

The FBI Agent Accused of Accidental Shooting During a Backflip Has Been ArrestedVideo appeared to show him dropping his handgun while doing a backflip



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The FBI Agent Accused of Accidental Shooting During a Backflip Has Been Arrested

The FBI Agent Accused of Accidental Shooting During a Backflip Has Been ArrestedVideo appeared to show him dropping his handgun while doing a backflip



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FBI agent dancing in nightclub drops gun doing backflip, then accidentally shoots someone going to pick it up

FBI agent dancing in nightclub drops gun doing backflip, then accidentally shoots someone going to pick it upAn FBI officer who was showing off acrobatic dance moves in front of a crowd in a Denver nightclub accidentally shot a man in the leg after his gun fell from his pocket during a backflip. In a statement, the Denver Police Department said the agent “was dancing at a nightclub when his firearm became dislodged from its waistband holster and fell onto the floor. The off-duty agent was interviewed by police before being released to a Federal Bureau of Investigation supervisor.



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FBI officer accidentally shoots bystander after dancefloor backflip

FBI officer accidentally shoots bystander after dancefloor backflipAn off-duty FBI agent doing a backflip on a dance floor accidentally discharged his weapon shooting a bystander, police in Denver have revealed. The gun allegedly fell from its holster as the unnamed man performed the acrobatic move in the early hours of Saturday morning at the Mile High Spirits bar in the Colorado city.  It is unknown whether the officer had been drinking. The male victim was shot in the leg and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  A video of the incident shows the dancing law enforcer surrounded by a group of revelers and, as he executes the flip, the gun drops to the floor.  As he goes to pick it up a flash can be seen as the loaded gun fires before he quickly retrieves the weapon and puts into the waistband of his trousers. In a statement, the Denver Police Department said the agent “was dancing at a night club when his firearm became dislodged from its waistband holster and fell onto the floor. When the agent retrieved his handgun an unintended discharge occurred.” The gun allegedly fell from its holster as the unnamed man performed the acrobatic move Credit: @ryanhaarer/Twitter Another bar patron was hit by a bullet in a lower leg, sustaining a non-life-threatening injury, said the statement by a department spokeswoman, Marika Putnam. The agent was taken to police headquarters and later released to an FBI supervisor. The Denver District Attorney’s office will decide whether to press any charges against the agent who has not been named.



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