Dancing FBI Agent Who Shot A Bystander Will Get His Gun Back, Judge Rules

Considering the range of fireable offenses for most any job, shooting someone while on or off the job would easily and obviously rank high up as something warranting immediate termination with no questions asked. 

Apparently this is not the case with federal government employees, however, and specifically the FBI. 

Last month we featured the viral video of FBI agent Chase Bishop accidentally shooting a bystander at a Colorado bar while busting a move that included a backflip in the middle of a boozed up crowd. During the bizarre dance move, the agent's gun ejected out of his holster onto the floor and as he lunged to pick it up, the gun went off, seriously wounding nearby bar patron Tom Reddington, who was treated and eventually released from a hospital.

FBI agent Chase Bishop, who lives and works in Washington D.C., will get his gun back while awaiting his court hearing. 

Common sense might dictate this is a man who shouldn't be carrying a gun while awaiting his court hearing after he was charged with one count of second-degree assault in connection with the June 2 shooting. 

But a Denver judge has ruled he can now carry his weapon again on or off duty as Bishop considers a possible plea deal and future court date of August 21st. 

According to the Denver Post:

Chase Bishop, 29, had his protection order amended by a Denver judge during a Tuesday court appearance, said Ken Lane, Denver District Attorney spokesman.

The amendment was modified to let Bishop carry his service weapon on and off duty, “so long as it is done in a manner pursuant to FBI policy,”Lane said.

Naturally, we might ask: what would it take for an FBI agent under criminal investigation to be barred from carrying a firearm? 

The Denver Post notes further that "The FBI also has not released any information about its policy for agents carrying weapons while off duty and in alcohol establishments."

What's more is that FBI policy was actually invoked favorably to help convince the judge that the agent should arm himself, as the New York Post reports:

Bishop’s lawyer, David Goddard, told Judge Fran Simonet that the FBI strongly encourages its agents to carry the service weapons when they are not working. Prosecutors did not object, so Simonet said Bishop could be armed both on and off duty.

The victim, Tom Reddington, who was reportedly shot through an arterytold ABC News last month that he does not blame Bishop, saying “I’m not vindictive at all. I don’t want to ruin his life. At this point, there’s nothing we can do to fix it. So, let’s just move on and deal with it as best we can.”

Aftermath of the accidental shooting at the Denver bar Mile High Spirits. Image source: CBS

Well at the very least the FBI or the court could take away his gun. Police investigated whether or not Bishop was drunk at the time, but a blood alcohol test was never made public and investigators decided to file the second-degree assault charge without the test results.

The Denver, Colorado bar where the incident took place, Mile High Spirits, previously issued a statement saying the bar's owners looked forward to speaking with the FBI “so we can come to understand (the agent’s) presence and his need to be armed in our establishment,” in violation of the business’ rules.

The bar also announced the shooting victim will be “welcome at Mile High Spirits to enjoy complimentary drinks forever.”



Cognitive Dissonance Bud Dry Wed, 07/11/2018 - 19:04 Permalink

The amendment was modified to let Bishop carry his service weapon on and off duty, “so long as it is done in a manner pursuant to FBI policy,”Lane said.

So am I to presume the agent was carrying his gun "pursuant to FBI policy" when he "accidentally" shot someone?

One can only wonder what would have happened to me if I had done the same thing....assuming I could bust a move like this agent did.

There is a mention about the agent considering a plea deal. I bet it's something like "guilty of unauthorized target practice" or some such nonsense.

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hedgeless_horseman Cognitive Dissonance Wed, 07/11/2018 - 19:06 Permalink


and as he lunged to pick it up, the gun went off

No, he pulled the trigger causing it to fire, because it does not have a mechanical safety.  Probably a Glock. 

My personal recommendations for semi-automatic self-defense concealed carry pistol manufacturers are FNH and H&K, because both make highly reliable DA models that do have a safety lever, and it is not on the trigger.  This preference will absolutely infuriate Glock lovers.  Oh well.  I have several reasons why, but the primary one is that I like to keep the fight cycle consistent for all weapons: pistol, rifle, and shotgun.  We are required to knock-off the safety for both rifle and shotgun, so we must train to do it, because it is very bad (potentially life threatening) to not train to disengage and/or engage the safety on a weapon that has a safety. Therefore, I want a safety on my pistol, too, to keep things simple and consistent in my brain.  In addition, I believe that it is indeed more safe to have a true safety on a firearm.  The Glock-style "safety" on the trigger simply does not count, it does not prevent the pistol from firing when the trigger is pulled, like a safety on a rifle or shotgun do.



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Uchtdorf johngaltfla Wed, 07/11/2018 - 19:09 Permalink

The gun is a semi-auto. It fired because he picked it up with his finger on the trigger.

Q: What happens when a semi-auto fires and there's another round in the magazine?

A: It goes into the chamber.

The dude stuck that gun in his pants again. The happier ending to this story would have been that it "went off" the next time he touched it and opened a vent hole in his backside.

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