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.
Chase Bishop was dancing at a Denver bar on 2 June when his gun fell from his waistband on to the floor, police said.
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. Any additional charges could be filed after his blood-alcohol test results are complete.
'The FBI will continue to fully cooperate with the Denver Police Department and the Denver District Attorney's Office as this matter proceeds through the judicial process, ' she said.
Denver County Court Judge Andrea Eddy ruled to allow Bishop to travel back home to Washington, where he lives and works, before his next court date in July.
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The New York Post reports, Bishop's gun discharged and struck fellow reveller Tom Reddington in the leg at the Mile High Spirits bar in Downtown Denver.
The man who was shot was identified as Thomas Reddington and he said in an interview that he was able to laugh at the situation.
Reddington told ABC News last week that he thought someone was setting off a firecracker before realizing he had been shot. Bystanders said Bishop didn't check to see if the person he shot was okay, according to The Denver Channel. Both Azar and Reddington have said that they don't want Bishop to lose his job over the dance gone wrong.
The incident also attracted attention amid heightened critical attention on the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the ongoing debate over firearms in the United States. The agent was on vacation at the time of the incident and not on duty.