Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who dropped gun while dancing charged

Leroy Wright
June 13, 2018

The FBI agent who is accused of accidentally shooting another man at a Denver distillery earlier this month has turned himself in and has been formally charged with second-degree assault, according to the Denver District Attorney's Office. In a video, Bishop is seen dancing and then doing a backflip - during which his pistol dropped from his waistband and landed on the floor.

A video of the incident captured by another bar patron, and spread widely online, showed Bishop break dancing, then performing a backflip.

Tom Reddington, 24, was left shot in the leg and reportedly will have to undergo vascular surgery to fix a major artery.

The man who was shot, Tom Reddington, told "Good Morning America" last week that he and his friends were sitting at one of the tables when he heard "a loud bang" that he thought was a firecracker.

When the off-duty agent goes to pick the firearm up, he somehow manages to squeeze the trigger, resulting in a sudden flash of light and panic among the watching crowd.

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Bishop is due back in court on July 10. The gun can be seen going off after it fell out of the holster and he went to retrieve it. The Denver District Attorney's Office said Bishop could face additional charges pending the results of a blood alcohol content analysis.

Bishop's attorney, David Goddard, told ABC News the ordeal has been "devastating" to both his client and Reddington.

Authorities did not initially identify the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent because he was not arrested at the time, Denver police community resource officer Marika Putnam said.

The FBI declined to comment Tuesday on the filing of the formal assault charge against Bishop.

The FBI agent, meanwhile, was taken in by police and later released to his supervisor.

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