FBI agent who dropped gun while dancing charged

Chase Bishop was dancing at a Denver bar on 2 June when his gun fell from his waistband on to the floor, police said.

It went off as he picked it up, injuring another customer in the leg.

The victim‘s injuries were serious but not life threatening and they have been released from hospital.

Bishop, 29, turned himself in to the local sheriff‘s department and he was charged with the alleged assault on Tuesday.

Additional charges could be filed based on the results of toxicology tests, which have not yet been received.

Denver district attorney Beth McCann said: “We are filing (the assault) charge now rather than waiting until the (blood alcohol content) report is received, which we understand could take another week, because sufficient evidence has been presented to file it.

“If an additional charge needs to be filed after further evidence is received, we can file those charges then.”

The FBI declined to comment on the case “in order to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation”.

Spokeswoman Amy Sanders said: “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.”

Bishop had been off duty and on holiday at the time.

He is due to appear in court on Wednesday.