A private security guard hired by a Denver television station was arrested in the fatal shooting of a protester during a riot on Saturday afternoon during duels between right and left rallies in Mile High City.
Matthew Doloff, 30, has been taken into custody and is under investigation for a first-degree murder following a shooting at the Denver Civic Center, where the Patriot Rally and BLM-Antifa Soup Drive were held simultaneously.
UPDATE: Matthew Doloff (DOB 03-07-1990) is investigating a first-degree murder in connection with the shooting that took place yesterday at 10 W. 14th Ave. This remains an active investigation; any additional updates will be released when they become available. #Denver https://t.co/1Y7Yw7stL0 pic.twitter.com/Va3Lvc1CwT
– Denver Police Department (@DenverPolice) October 11, 2020
Authorities did not name the victim, but family members told local media that the victim was Lee Keltner, a 49-year veteran of the U.S. Navy who owned a small business.
“He was not part of any group,” his son John Keltner told the Denver Post. “He was there to get together for the police station and he was down there before he got together for the police station.”
Photographs taken by the Post Office show that Keltner and Dolof collide when they escalate, when Keltner sprays a mace at Dolof. According to a Post reporter at the scene, Dolloff pulled out a gun and shot Keltner in the head.
According to Denver police, two pistols and a mace box were found at the scene.
KUSA, an affiliate of NBC, also called 9News, said it hired Dolloff through Pinkerton, a private security company.
“Dolloff was signed through Pinkerton by 9NEWS. It has been the practice of 9NEWS for several months to enter into private security contracts to accompany protest staff,” the station said.