Security guard jailed in deadly shooting at Denver protests
DENVER (AP) - A private security guard who works for a local television station has been jailed on an investigation into first degree murder in the fatal shooting of another man during a duel against right-wing and left-wing protests in downtown Denver, police said Sunday with.
Matthew Dolloff, 30, was taken into custody in connection with a Saturday afternoon collision in Civic Center Park.
A man participating in a Patriot Rally hit and sprayed Mace with what appeared to be a Dolloff, the Denver Post reported based on his photos from the scene. Identified by the newspaper as Dolloff, the man pulled a gun from his waistband and shot the other person, according to the Denver Post journalist who witnessed the episode.
The victim of the shooting was not named by the authorities and died in a nearby hospital. But his son identified the man across the Denver Post Sunday as Lee Keltner, a 49-year-old US Navy veteran who ran a hattering business in the Denver area.
"He wasn't part of any group," Johnathon Keltner told the newspaper. "He was there to gather for the police and he was down there before he met for the police."
A woman who said she was the victim's mother, Carol Keltner, wrote on a social media post that her son was killed after he was shot in the head.
The decision on any charges rests with the Denver Attorney's Office, police said. A spokeswoman for district attorney Beth McCann said Sunday that the affidavit on the case had remained sealed and referred further questions to police.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Dolloff had a lawyer.
Police Division chief Joe Montoya said two guns and a mace can were found at the scene.
The shooting took place under a city surveillance camera and police said they had footage of the incident, KUSA-TV reported.
KUSA said it hired the guard through the Pinkerton security company. "It has been customary for a few months for 9NEWS to employ private security guards to accompany employees during protests," said the broadcaster.
The right-wing Patriot rally was one of two demonstrations that took place around the same time and drew hundreds of people into the park. Protesters on a left “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive” nearby held up flags and signs against Nazis and white supremacists.
Security guards in Denver are said to be licensed, with additional endorsements required, to carry a firearm or work in civilian clothes, according to the industry rules passed by the city in 2018.
Dolloff did not appear to be wearing a uniform in photos from Saturday's filming. His name does not appear in any city-run database that lists several thousand licensed security guards.
Pinkerton representatives did not immediately return email and phone messages for comment.
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