An off-duty FBI agent who accidentally shot a man in a Denver nightclub in June has been spared jail time.
Agent Chase Bishop struck a plea deal to finagle a sentence of two years of probation after pleading guilty to third-degree assault on Friday, reported Westword.
“We believe that this agreement strikes an appropriate balance of seeking justice for the victim and ensuring that this type of incident does not happen again,” said Denver District Attorney Beth McCann.
Bishop, 30, inadvertently fired a shot at fellow Mile High Spirits and Distillery patron Tom Reddington while executing a backflip. The gun tumbled from his waistband holster and fired upon hitting the ground. Bishop then walked away from the scene with his hands up while Reddington writhes in pain from the bullet in his leg.
“My whole goal in life is to care, protect and serve people,” Bishop told a judge Friday. “I never expected the result of my actions to lead to something like this.”
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Reddington, 24, who said he holds no grudge against Bishop, explained to the judge that he lost his job at an Amazon warehouse after the shooting. He claims he suffers from chronic pain and fears he may never be able to run again.
“I have done months of physical therapy,” said Reddington. “I have sought counseling; however, being in public, especially seeing law enforcement with guns, makes me uncomfortable.”
Despite the physical and emotional scars, Reddington does find some humor in the whole ordeal.
“I’ve done stupid things at bars to impress girls, too,” he quipped.