Probably the best news story of the past few weeks was the off-duty FBI agent who accidentally shot someone while doing a backflip in a Denver bar. Because the guy he shot was fine in the end, we can officially rate this yarn as Funny. If the guy had died, it would be officially Not Funny. That’s how it works and I think you’ll all agree.
29-year-old Chase Bishop, whose extremely cool white-boy shimmy skated so very close to tragedy, has now officially been arrested and charged with second-degree assault. He turned himself in to police in Denver, which is understandable given that the footage is, uh, pretty damn clear.
(Can we take a moment here to contemplate how ‘Chase Bishop’ is the perfect name for an FBI agent who accidentally shot someone while backflipping?)
JUST IN: Mug shot of FBI agent now charged with 2nd degree assault. Chase Bishop turned himself in to Denver Police today. ICYMI, he's the one that did a backflip when his gun fell out, accidentally discharged, and hit another bar patron. pic.twitter.com/cuxIAVzjHh
— deborah takahara (@debtakahara) June 12, 2018
An attorney for the man hit by Bishop’s stray bullet told CNN affiliate KMGH that it struck his client’s main artery, and that he could have bled to death if a nearby bar patron had not applied a tourniquet.
Look, you’re gonna have to watch the video again. If only for his sheepish ‘my bad’ gesture after he literally just shot a guy after doing roughly 80% of a backflip. It’s so funny because you can imagine yourself having exactly the same response in the heat of the moment.
This @FBI agent was dancing at a Denver bar on Saturday night. Did a back flip, gun falls. He picks it up and a round is fired, hitting a man (he’ll be ok.) @DenverPolice investigating. #9News pic.twitter.com/MwV1WpNzAQ
— Ryan Haarer (@RyanHaarer) June 3, 2018
The distillery/bar in question, Mile High Spirits, has asked some very pertinent questions of the FBI: namely why one of their officers was in their bad with a loaded pistol, participating in dance-offs and doing backflips.
“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,” the bar said.
Bishop is currently being held at a Denver detention centre.Image: Denver Police