Police Identify Guard Suspected in Fatal Shooting During Denver ‘Patriot Rally’
October 11, 2020
Epoch Times – The hired security guard accused of shooting a protester dead during a Denver rally on Saturday was identified by police as Matthew Robert Dolloff.
Dolloff, 30, is being held in connection to a first-degree murder investigation in the shooting of Lee Keltner, the Denver Police Department announced on Sunday.
Officials said Dolloff has not yet been charged. He is being questioned about the shooting, which was captured on camera.
The shooting happened at a pro-President Donald Trump rally that was disrupted by people with Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
According to jail records, Dolloff was booked on Saturday night on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Dolloff was hired by local news station 9NEWS to provide security during the demonstrations. He was hired via Pinkerton, a company that offers private security services.
“It has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to contract private security to accompany staff at protests,” said 9NEWS. The station is an affiliate of NBC News … Read more.
Oct 11, 2020
One in custody after man dies in shooting at protests
DENVER (AP) — 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 shooting took place shortly before 3:50 p.m. in Civic Center Park after a man participating in what was billed a “Patriot Rally” sprayed mace at another man, the Denver Post reported.
That man then shot the other individual with a handgun near the courtyard outside the Denver Art Museum, according to a Denver Post journalist who witnessed the incident.
The man who was shot was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died an hour later, the KUSA TV station said.
The KUSA TV station said on its website that it had contracted the private security guard who was arrested in connection with the shooting. “It has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to hire private security to accompany staff at protests,” the station said.
Denver Police Department Division Chief Joe Montoya told the Post that police could not confirm the shooter’s or the victim’s affiliations, but he said the incident started as a verbal altercation. Two guns were found at the scene, Montoya said, as well as a mace can.
The Patriot Rally was one of two rallies taking place about the same time in the park. A counter-protest called “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive” took place nearby.
The right-wing Patriot Rally protesters gathered in the park’s amphitheater and occasionally chanted patriotic songs and held up banners, the Post reported.
Protesters at the left-wing “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive” held up flags and signs railing against Nazis and white supremacists as they gathered in the middle of the park, several hundred feet from the barricaded-off amphitheater, the newspaper added.