FBI agents often work diligently to maintain their low-profiles. This isn’t one of them. Dance moves like these require a bit of space, and the crowd in the bar were all-too-happy to give it to the man as he worked his way up to the show-stopper: a back flip. Only that’s when things went wrong for the agent, and one of the bystanders.
The incident happened late Saturday night in Denver, Colorado at the Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar. The FBI agent, who was off duty, was doing a bit of showing off. His holster at the small of his back wasn’t up for the job, though. When the man did a back flip, his gun flew from his holster.
Some media outlets are reporting that the gun discharged when it hit the ground. That’s not true. The man lunged for his gun, and his finger entered the trigger guard. The FBI agent fired the gun while attempting to pick it up.
One bystander was shot in the leg. Paramedics took the wounded man to the hospital.
“It appears an off-duty… FBI agent was dancing at a night club when his firearm became dislodged from its waistband holster and fell onto the floor,” Denver police said.
“When the agent retrieved his handgun an unintended discharge occurred, another patron was struck by a bullet in the lower leg.”
After the shooting, the agent quickly tucks the gun back into his waistband. He then raises his hands in a gesture that typically indicates a type of lackadaisical denial of responsibility.
He was responsible, though. At least the police thought so. He was taken into custody. Later, an FBI supervisor came to collect him.
“Everyone was kind of shocked after it happened because [the agent] kind of put his gun back away and then he walked away,” a woman named Julie said. She’s the one who recorded the video.
“No one really knew what was going on… I honestly just wanted to make sure that my friends… [that] I knew where they were.”