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Security guard hired by TV station kills man at Denver protest

Matthew Dolloff is accused of shooting a 49-year-old veteran after he was pepper-sprayed during a protest on Saturday.

Matthew Dolloff is accused of shooting a 49-year-old veteran after he was pepper-sprayed during a protest on Saturday.

Matthew Dollott, 30, was arrested in connection with a shooting at a protest in Denver on Saturday, October 10, 2020. (Photo courtesy Denver Police Department/Graphic by The Desk)

A man contracted by a Colorado television station to provide security at a protest was arrested on Saturday in connection with a fatal shooting.

Matthew Dolloff, 30, was hired by a company that was subsequently contracted by KUSA-TV (Channel 9), Denver’s NBC affiliate, to provide security during a pair of rallies in Denver over the weekend.

On Saturday, right-wing activists gathered for a “Patriot” rally as progressive activists from Black Lives Matter and a loose coalition of protesters known as “antifa” assembled nearby.

During the protest, a confrontation between both sides ensued. Police believe Dolloff fired a single shot at 49-year-old veteran Lee Keltner, who was “rally[ing] for the police department,” his son told the Denver Post.

A photograph captured by the newspaper showed Keltner spraying Dolloff with mace seconds before he was shot.

Dolloff surrendered to police within minutes. KUSA eventually identified him as a security guard who was hired by a contractor, Pinkerton, to provide support to a news crew covering the event.

The Denver Police Department later said it had no record of Dolloff being a licensed security guard, and Pinkerton said the man was not one of their employees, but rather a sub-contractor who works for a separate company.

“If he was operating as a security guard, he was in violation of the law,” a Denver city spokesperson told the website Denverite.

On Monday, a spokesperson for KUSA said the station was “deeply saddened for the loss of life” and was working with local authorities to get to the bottom of what happened.

“We have, and will continue, to cooperate fully with law enforcement,” the spokesperson said.

KUSA is owned by TEGNA.

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Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is a nationally-recognized, award-winning journalist who has covered the business of media, technology, radio and television for more than 11 years. He is the publisher of The Desk and contributes to Know Techie, Digital Content Next and StreamTV Insider. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, the Walt Disney Company, McNaughton Newspapers and Tribune Broadcasting.
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