Security Guard Matthew Dolloff Jailed in Deadly Shooting at BLM-Antifa Protest in Denver

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DENVER, Colorado (AP) — A private security guard working for a local TV station was jailed for investigation of first-degree murder in the deadly shooting of another man during dueling right- and left-wing protests in downtown Denver, police said Sunday.

Matthew Dolloff, 30, was taken into custody in connection with a clash that took place Saturday afternoon in Civic Center Park.

A man participating in what was billed a “Patriot Rally” slapped and sprayed Mace at a man who appeared to be Dolloff, the Denver Post reported, based on its photographs from the scene. The man identified by the newspaper as Dolloff drew a gun from his waistband and shot the other person, according to the Denver Post journalist who witnessed the episode.

The shooting victim was not named by authorities and died at a nearby hospital. But his son identified the man on Sunday to the Denver Post as Lee Keltner, a 49-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who operated a hat-making business in the Denver area.

A man is taken into custody after fatally shooting another man, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 in Denver. At the time two rallies, one right-wing and one left-wing, were taking place near one another. A private security guard working for a TV station was in custody Saturday after a person died from a shooting that took place during dueling protests in downtown Denver, the Denver Post reported. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)

“He wasn’t a part of any group,” Johnathon Keltner told the newspaper. “He was there to rally for the police department and he’d been down there before rallying for the police department.”

A woman who said she was the victim’s mother, Carol Keltner, wrote in a social media post that her son was killed after being shot in the head.

A decision on any charges will be up to the Denver District Attorney’s Office, police said. A spokesperson for District Attorney Beth McCann said Sunday that the arrest affidavit in the case remained sealed and referred further questions to the police.

It was not immediately clear if Dolloff had an attorney.

Police Division Chief Joe Montoya said two guns were found at the scene, as well as a Mace can.

The shooting occurred beneath a city surveillance camera, and police said they have footage of the incident, KUSA-TV reported.

KUSA said it had hired the guard through the Pinkerton security firm. “It has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to hire private security to accompany staff at protests,” the station said.

The Patriot Rally was one of two demonstrations happening at about the same time that drew hundreds of people to the park. Protesters at a “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive” nearby held up flags and signs railing against Nazis and white supremacists.

Security guards in Denver are supposed to be licensed, with additional endorsements needed to carry a firearm or operate in plainclothes, according to rules for the industry adopted by the city in 2018.

In photos from Saturday’s shooting, Dolloff did not appear to be in uniform. His name does not show up on a city-run database that lists several thousand licensed security guards.

Representatives of Pinkerton did not immediately return email and telephone messages for comment.

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About the Headline Photo: A man turns after fatally shooting another man during dueling protests, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 in Denver. The man on the left side of the photo was supporting the “Patriot Rally” and sprayed mace at the man on the right side of the image. The man at right, then shot and killed the protester at left. A private security guard working for a TV station was in custody Saturday after a person died from a shooting that took place during dueling protests in downtown Denver, the Denver Post reported. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)

 

 

 

 

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4 Thoughts to “Security Guard Matthew Dolloff Jailed in Deadly Shooting at BLM-Antifa Protest in Denver”

  1. Nunya

    Neither the City and County of Denver nor Colorado require licensing to carry a handgun.

  2. Grumpy Bastard

    It would not surprise me to learn the reporter, Ms. Richardson, had a high level of influence in this sequence of events. Her pictures and their exclusivity smell of a grab for notoriety and money.
    Watch the future to see if she runs around the country paid for speaking at venues. If she does, then it was money.
    Look to see who is the ultimate financier of this murderer’s defense. As always, follow the money.

  3. John

    So the victim shows up to a rally for the police with mace and a gun? My knee-jerk reaction is, yeah right! There’s no mention if the victim was ‘properly licensed’ to carry a gun. The reporter as the lone eye-witness is very suspicious. Video footage would not have captured any dialog exchanged between the two before the shooting. Pictures and video footage, without dialog, can be so easily taken out of context.

    I’m not defending the shooter in any way. There’s simply not enough information and likely won’t be anymore reports after this one.

    Drive-by Media: Shoot the action line, leave a mess, flee the scene, move on to the next story.

    1. snuffy

      I don’t see anything in this article about the deceased having a gun. Just because there were 2 found at the scene does not mean the deceased had one. There are already stories being published that the shooter is a leftist, known OWS member and antifa/blm supporter. Expect the MSM to hide these until they can’t. The “armed security” story is already coming unraveled. Both 9news and Pinkerton are looking at huge liability if the fact is that he was not identified as, or licensed to operate as armed security.

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