By: Noah Browne
DENVER (AP) – Denver TV station security guard was jailed Sunday afternoon for investigation of a confrontation involving a firearm, resulting in the death of a protester during the “Patriot Rally” Saturday night.
The Patriot Rally was a right-wing event held simultaneously with the “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive” in downtown Denver. The events saw hundreds gather in the downtown plaza.
30-year-old Matthew Dolloff fired a pistol outside KUSA-TV in response to a the protestor attempting to mace him according to witnesses.
According to Police Division Chief Joe Montoya, there were two guns found at the scene, as well as a can of Mace.
The victim, 49-year-old Lee Keltner was as U.S Navy veteran, as well as a local entrepreneur.
“He wasn’t a part of any group,” Keltner’s son said. “He was there to rally for the police department and he’d been down there before rallying for the police department.”
Footage of the incident was caught by city surveillance cameras, showing Dolloff shoot Keltner.
KUSA-TV made statements regarding the practice of their security guards. “IT has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to hire private security to accompany staff at protests.”
Dolloff had been on the job as a contractor through the private security firm Pinkerton Security.
In photos taken during the shooting, Dolloff appears to be in plainclothes. According to Denver City Code. Private Security Guards must be trained and licensed to practice without uniform.
Representatives of Pinkerton have yet to comment publicly on the incident.
Investigation is set to continue. No charges have been filed at this time.