Judge: FBI agent accused of accidentally shooting man in Denver nightclub can carry weapon again

Posted at 10:33 AM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 14:24:09-04

DENVER – The FBI agent who shot a man at a Denver nightclub when his weapon fell from his waistband while he was performing a backflip will be allowed to carry his weapon while on- and off-duty, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Chase Bishop, 29, faces one count of second-degree assault, a fourth-degree felony. He had his protection order modified at Tuesday’s hearing to allow him to carry his service weapon in accordance with FBI rules—which typically require agents to carry while working and while off duty.

Bishop's attorney also noted in court Tuesday that a plea offer had been made to his client. Denver District Attorney's Office spokesman Ken Lane confirmed the existence of the offer, but said the details were not disclosed in court and thus won't be disclose unless the deal is made.

Lane also said that toxicology screenings done after the shooting, which prosecutors had been awaiting to see if they would file further charges, have been returned and there will be no further charges.

Bishop turned himself in on the charge in early June. The shooting happened in the early morning hours of June 2 at the Mile High Spirits club.

Bishop is based in Washington D.C. and is allowed to travel there so long as he attends his court hearings in Denver when necessary.

Last month, a judge ordered Bishop to stay at least 100 yards away from the man he is accused of shooting and not to have any contact with him.

He is next due in court Aug. 21.