FBI AGENT IS CHARGED WITH AS­SAULT

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Noelle Phillips and Kirk Mitchell

Chase Bishop could face more charges based on blood al­co­hol tests.

An FBI agent who shot a man in the leg af­ter drop­ping his gun while do­ing a back hand­spring on a dance floor has been charged with sec­ond-de­gree as­sault and more charges could be filed based on the re­sults of blood al­co­hol tests.

Chase Bishop, 29, has been charged with one count of sec­ond-de­gree as­sault in con­nec­tion with the June 2 night­club shoot­ing, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the Den­ver Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

Bishop turned him­self in on Tues­day morn­ing af­ter an ar­rest war­rant was is­sued by Den­ver po­lice, said Maro Cas­par­ian, a spokes­woman for the Den­ver Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

The re­sults of a blood al­co­hol test have not been re­ceived, but Dis­trict At­tor­ney Beth McCann said in the news re­lease said she was not go­ing to wait.

“We are fil­ing this charge now rather than wait­ing un­til the BAC re­port is re­ceived, which we un­der­stand could take an­other week, be­cause suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence has been pre­sented to file it,” McCann said. “If an additional charge needs to be filed af­ter fur­ther ev­i­dence is re­ceived, we can file those charges then.”

Bishop made in­ter­na­tional news ear­lier this month when a video of the shoot­ing be­came pub­lic.

Bishop was par­ty­ing at Mile High Spir­its, a dis­tillery and dance club in the Ballpark neigh­bor­hood, while off duty. In the video, Bishop danced in the cen­ter of a cir­cle of peo­ple and then per­formed a back hand­spring. Dur­ing the flip, his gun fell from its hol­ster and when Bishop picked it up, the gun fired. Bishop then placed the gun in his waist­band and walked off the dance floor with his hands in the air.

The bul­let hit the vic­tim in an artery in his leg, ac­cord­ing to pre­vi­ous news re­ports. The in­jury was se­ri­ous, but the man will re­cover, said his at­tor­ney Frank Azar.

FBI of­fi­cials had re­fused to re­lease Bishop’s name although he had been iden­ti­fied by other me­dia out­lets. The FBI also has not re­leased any in­for­ma­tion about its pol­icy for agents car­ry­ing weapons while off duty and in al­co­hol es­tab­lish­ments.

The FBI con­tin­ued its si­lence Tues­day af­ter the ar­rest be­came pub­lic.

“In or­der to pre­serve the in­tegrity of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we are un­able to com­ment re­gard­ing this mat­ter.

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,” Amy San­ders, an FBI spokes­woman in Den­ver said, via email.

Chase Bishop al­legedly shot a man in the leg af­ter Bishop did a back hand­spring while danc­ing.

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