A Denver man is recovering after he was shot when an off-duty FBI agent dropped his gun while doing a backflip in the middle of the dance floor at a downtown Denver bar. Twenty-four year old Tom Reddington, was shot in the leg by the single round of gun fire. The Denver Police Department is facing criticism because no charges have been filed. They say they’re still waiting for pending lab results before deciding if the off-duty agent, Chase Bishop, will face charges in connection with the accidental shooting.
Reddington’s lawyer told news outlets that his client could have died if it weren’t for a quick thinking security guard who removed his belt and used it as a tourniquet. He said the off-duty agent offered no help to Reddington immediately after the shooting and that his client will have to undergo vascular surgery to repair a major artery in his leg.
Bishop, 29, a Washington D.C.-based FBI agent, was visiting Denver for training. While there he visited Mile High Spirits where he before accidentally fired his handgun after it fell from his holster when he executed a backflip trying to impress a crowd of onlookers. Video of the incident shows the agent, Chase Bishop, dancing on the outdoor dance floor and then doing a back-flip. While doing the flip, his gun falls from his holster. He picks up his gun, which discharged a single round as he picked it up-and puts it back into his holster.
According to military records, Chase is a decorated war veteran who served in the army from November 2011 to February 2017. He was deployed to Afghanistan in February 2013. He was an Army Intelligence Officer and achieved the rank of captain in October 2016. Bishop was also twice awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, a Meritorious Unit Commendation and a Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, among others.
Legal experts are outraged that the Denver police and District Attorney have not filed charges in the incident even with video evidence of what transpired. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper also weighed it on the situation. “Those instances where someone puts the public at risk, should have consequences. Sources in the FBI have said that the agent will be held accountable and that his stupid actions should not tarnish the reputation of the agency.
Mile High Spirits released a statement in regards to the shooting. It is shocking that the only shooting to ever occur at our establishment came about as a result of an FBI agent entering our distillery tasting room carrying a loaded firearm without our knowledge, in violation of our rules.”
While it is not illegal for off-duty agents of law enforcement branches to have concealed weapons in establishments that serve alcohol or that do not allow firearms- it is illegal for them to consume alcohol while carrying a weapon.