Denver Rally Shooter does not have a license to be a Security Guard
Controversy continued to surround Matthew Dolloff, a Denver murder suspect, on Sunday. Denver police arrested Dolloff after he was seen shooting a man at a “Patriot Muster” rally on Saturday,” CBS Dever 4 posted. According to the Dever Post the Son identifies Lee Keltner as a shooting victim; original reporters where that suspect Matthew Dolloff was working as private security for 9News.
Details of the conflict between the two men are still unclear. It appears that Dolloff was attempting to take Keltner’s mace, when Keltner struck him, and then backed away, when Dolloff took steps toward Keltner and shot him in the head.
Keltner was identified as a Navy Veteran and a hat maker by his son.
Doloff was not licensed to be a security guard.
“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,” Andrea Flores reported.
From the CBS article:
“If he was operating as a security guard, he was in violation of the law,” said Eric Escudero, a department spokesman, stated. “Security guards are prohibited from carrying or using a firearm without getting an armed firearm endorsement for their license. All security guards in Denver are required to get a federal background check before they receive their license.”
Escudero also shared Denver is one of three cities in Colorado where security guards are required to have a license to operate, and there is no requirement to have a license in the state.
Security guards are also required to go through training which includes training on use of force.
Doloff had his first advisement hearing Sunday morning. The judge declared the arrest affidavit will be sealed, and the defendant will be held on first degree murder charges without bond.
Denver police say a second person detained was later released.
Dolloff remained in jail Sunday without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder in the shooting, jail records show.
He was working as a contracted security guard for Denver television station 9News when the shooting occurred, the television station has said.
A sequence of photos of the incident captured by a Denver Post photographer appears to show Keltner slapping Dolloff in the face before the two back away from each other. The next image shows Dolloff shooting at Keltner — a shell casing is seen being ejected from his handgun — as Keltner fires a cloud of pepper spray at Dolloff.
Police detained Dolloff and a 9News employee at the scene, but released the station employee after he gave a statement.
The man who died has not been named publicly by officials, but his son identified him as Lee Keltner in an interview with The Post on Sunday.
Carol Keltner, who said she lives in Arkansas and identified herself as Lee Keltner’s mother, posted a message on the Northeast Arkansas Tea Party Group on Facebook announcing his death at the Denver rally. “He was murdered because he backed the police,” she wrote.
A Facebook page with Dolloff’s full name and a photo that appears to match his jail booking photo shows that he worked on a ranch on the Eastern Plains where he raised sheep and dogs. Court records show Dolloff had no previous criminal history beyond traffic incidents.
Pinkerton, the security company 9News said it contracted with for the protest, did not reply to questions from The Post sent Sunday morning.
While Pinkerton had an active license to employ security guards in Denver, officials have no record that Dolloff had the required city license to work as a private security guard, said Eric Escudero, spokesman for the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.
“We do not currently have an active license and have never had an active license for anybody with that name,” he said. “If he was operating as a security guard, he was in violation of the law.”
The cities of Denver, Colorado Springs and Glendale require private security guards to obtain city-issued licenses, though there are no statewide license requirements. Denver’s licensing process requires guards to complete 16 hours of training by an “eligible training provider” before working in the city. Further training is required before a guard can carry a firearm during work or dress in plainclothes.
Someone working as private security without the required license can face up to a $999 fine and a year in jail, Escudero said. If a registered security company employs guards who are not licensed, the company can also face fines and the suspension or revocation of their license.
A job listing by Pinkerton for a part-time security job in Denver states applicants must have a high school diploma, a concealed carry license and a merchant guard license, which is offered by the city.
The investigation into Dolloff’s and Pinkerton’s licensing is ongoing, Escudero said.
The shooting took place as two opposing groups demonstrated in Civic Center on Saturday. Dozens of people gathered for a “Patriot Rally,” which was protested by dozens of people who attended an event called a “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive.” The two groups yelled at each other prior to the shooting, but police kept them separated.
John “Tig” Tiegen — an El Paso County resident, conservative public speaker and one of the organizers of the Patriot Rally event — posted a statement on Sunday offering condolences to the family of the victim.
“It’s tragic that Americans find themselves in danger just by coming together and showing support for their country,” he wrote on Instagram.
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