Dancing FBI agent who shot man at Denver bar pleads guilty

Chase Bishop FBI agent who accidentally shot someone after doing a back flip

Chase Bishop FBI agent who accidentally shot someone after doing a back flip

The FBI agent who unintentionally shot someone while dancing in a Denver bar will not face jail time, said Denver District Attorney Beth McCann.

Chase Bishop, 30, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in Denver District Court for shooting Thomas Reddington in the leg at the Mile High Spirits and Distillery, prosecutors said in a statement.

Bishop, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who was off duty at the time, was among the patrons at the Mile High Spirits and Distillery nightclub in downtown Denver in the early morning hours of June 2. He also must pay more than US$1600 ($2400) in fines and court costs. After the shot, Bishop was seen putting it in his waistband holster and walked away while holding his hands up.

Chase Bishop, an off-duty Federal Bureau of Investigation agent agent who accidentally shot a man in the leg after doing a backflip while dancing at a Denver bar, has pleaded guilty.

He originally faced a felony second-degree assault with a deadly weapon charge when he was arrested in June.

The Denver Post reported that Bishop told the judge that he "never expected the result of my actions to lead to something like this". The plea agreement meant Bishop was sentenced to 24 months of supervised probation, which he can complete out of state, the release says.

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"My whole goal in life is to care, protect and serve people", Bishop said in court.

Bishop, who will serve his probation in Georgia, was in Denver on Federal Bureau of Investigation business and was off-duty at the time of the shooting.

An FBI spokeswoman declined to provide an update to CBS News on Bishop's employment status, citing a standard practice not to comment on personnel matters.

He said he lost his job working at an Amazon warehouse, has chronic pain in his leg and thinks he may not be able to ever run again, the Post said. "I have sought counselling".

He said he hoped Bishop didn't "carry a gun for a long time".

"His (Reddington's) concern was about Bishop's conduct and his behaviour after the shooting", Marlin said.

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