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Private guard shoots Denver protester

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/12/20, 03:53 am

Denver police on Sunday jailed a security guard for a TV station as they investigate him for first-degree murder. Photos from the scene showed 30-year-old Matthew Dolloff, who was not in uniform, shooting and killing 49-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Lee Keltner after Lee slapped and sprayed Mace at him. The incident took place at Denver’s Civic Center Park Saturday during two opposing protests: “Patriot Rally” and “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive.”

Who is Dolloff? KUSA-TV confirmed it hired Dolloff through the Pinkerton security firm to accompany staff at protests. Eric Escudero, a spokesman for the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, told The Denver Post the city is investigating Dolloff’s license to operate as a private security guard after his name did not turn up in the city’s records: “If he was operating as a security guard, he was in violation of the law.”

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  •  SleeperSRT10's picture
    Posted: Mon, 10/12/2020 10:17 am

    Sounds like self defense to me.  I pray that justice prevails for Mr. Dolloff. 

  • AW
    Posted: Mon, 10/12/2020 03:21 pm

    Dolloff (shooter) was not acting as a security guard at the time of the incident per "9News," was not licensed as a security guard, and the tragedy occurred after the two opposing protests had dispersed, for the most part, per 9News.  In essence, the publicized information at this point indicates Dolloff was acting as a protester who killed another protester.  Additionally, views of Dolloff's FB account appear to reflect animosity toward those whose political views do not align with his own.  Proverbs 12:15 "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to counsel."

  • RC
    Posted: Mon, 10/12/2020 12:41 pm

    In America you are free to protest, but flawed humans somehow think it is O.K. to lose their cool and commit acts of violence. The result is dying on the street. Sad but true. This is one reason I don’t buy into Evolution. All this street protesting, with violence and destruction, is perfect proof of our unchanging inhumanity. We are not evolving into anything better.

  • psubrent
    Posted: Mon, 10/12/2020 01:31 pm

    As always: let the investigation play out before deciding the verdict on your own.