Man charged in Denver patriot murder is not a licensed security guard
The man who shot and killed a pro-police protester at a patriot rally in Denver did not have a license to provide armed security, says the city of Denver authorities. The protest was organized as a counter to activities by local communists.
Matthew Dolloff, 30, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder after he shot and killed military veteran Lee Keltner during an altercation at the rally. Local TV station 9News KUSA later put out a statement saying that Dolloff was hired by the station to provide armed security for their journalists.
Video from the scene shows Dolloff and Keltner in an altercation before Dolloff lunges for the mace that Keltner had on his belt. Keltner then swings at Dolloff, the two square off and each fires at the other, one with mace, the other with a semi-automatic pistol. Some frames showing the contractor drawing the pistol have been deleted from the video, likely by the reporter.
KUSA was quick to say that Dolloff wasn’t an Antifa activist.
“Dolloff was contracted through Pinkerton by 9NEWS. It has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to contract private security to accompany staff at protests,” says the local CNN affiliate.
But later, CBS affiliate 4CBS Denver revealed that Denver city authorities told them in an email that they didn’t have a record of a license by Dolloff to provide armed security in the city.
“Denver Dept of Excise and Licenses confirms ‘there is no record for an active licensed security guard now or ever for an individual named Matthew Doloff or Dolloff. If he was operating as a security guard, he was in violation of the law,’” tweeted Andrea Flores, a reporter for channel 4.
Armed security licenses require proof of training in the use of appropriate force and in de-escalation.
Since the city announced that Dolloff is not licensed to provide armed security in the city, Pinkerton has said in a statement that the murder suspect was not an actual employee of the company but rather was subcontracted under an agreement with another company.
“We are in the process of still gathering information to better understand the incident that occurred in Denver on October 10 involving a contractor agent,” the statement by Pinkerton says. “The agent in question is not a Pinkerton employee. Pinkerton is fully cooperating with law enforcement authorities in their investigation of this matter.”
Dolloff has been identified in social media posts as a harsh critic of President Donald Trump, Trump supporters and a possible Antifa activist.
Alleged screenshots of a Twitter post under the hashtag #fucktrump shows him calling supporters of the President “racists” for merely wearing a Trump button. Other screenshots allegedly from Dolloff show him saying “No Justice! No Peace! F*cuk the Police!” as early as 2012.
That’s not surprising to Dolloff’s mother, who says he was killed simply for supporting the police.
“My son Lee was at the patriot rally today in Denver,” Keltner’s mother, Carol, posted on the Northeast Arkansas Tea Party Facebook group according to the New York Post. “He was murdered because he backed the police.”
“His 24 year old son was with him,” said Keltner’s mother to The Sun. “I moved to Arkansas because Colorado got too expensive and liberal. The left has gotten out of hand.”
PHOTO: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images
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