Just this past June FBI agent Chase Bishop was caught on camera trying to show off his dance moves at a bar. Unfortunately, the reckless agent didn’t think twice about the government issued firearm on his hip that fell out. The gun discharged when the agent picked it up and struck another bar-goer, Tom Reddington.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and his injury was not life-threatening, according to the report. The agent was questioned at Denver Police Headquarters before being released to an FBI supervisor where an investigation ensued.
Law enforcement, like everyone like to have a good time and blow off a little steam now and then. Most times its a completely unmentionable event, however, this one ended so badly the footage went viral. Most viewers received the video with a laugh since no one died, but the courts didn’t find it funny – at all.
To be clear, he was well within his rights to carry. The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), enacted in 2004, allows qualified current law enforcement officers and qualified retired law enforcement officers to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with certain exceptions, according to the National Rifle Association.
That’s not what they charged him with. According to Town Hall, Bishop pleaded guilty to third-degree assault – negligent discharge of a deadly weapon. When he was originally arrested this summer, prosecutors wanted to go after him for felony second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.
Denver District Judge Karen Brody cited Bishop accepted Bishop’s plea agreement because of his lack of criminal history, The Denver Post reported.
“This is a tragic situation It’s a lesson for everyone: How decisions, when you’re not being conscious of what you’re doing, decisions you make carelessly, with negligence, can turn into really serious consequences,” Brody said.