DENVER (CBS4) – A rally held by a “Patriot Muster” group had just ended on Saturday afternoon. Their camouflaged security cleared the area near the Denver Art Museum when the trouble occurred.

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Photographer Brian Loma recorded it.

“We all looked up. We saw a spray of pepper spray poof into the air and then a guy, a shot.”

Moments later police rushed in and ordered a man to drop his gun. He was later identified by Denver police as a security guard. Denver TV station KUSA reported Matthew Dolloff, 30, was a contractor for them.

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.

Matthew Doloff (credit: Denver)

Video shows an argument taking place just before the chemical agent is dispersed. It ends with the shot fired.

“The man had his arm up, gun in his hand and shot him point blank range.”

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The man who was shot was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was identified by rallygoers as a man who had attended the Patriot Muster rally.

Until the shooting, the rally was peaceful. Protestors identifying themselves as anti-Facist, communists, and pro-Black Lives Matter were kept at a distance.

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Denver police kept a strong presence during the event.

“Our primary purpose is to deescalate the situation. We can’t have any further violence in conjunction with what happened today,” said Division Chief Joe Montoya.

It does not appear the violence had a direct link with one side opening fire on the other.

KUSA says one of its producers was taken into custody and was released after it was determined he had nothing to do with the shooting.

The security guard is still being held.

Rick Sallinger

Comments (9)
  1. TomTancredoFan says:

    What we know so far is this fake security guard was wearing nothing to identify himself as a security guard. He also is not licensed to be a security guard in Colorado (one of three states that require a license). No proof yet that he even has a c.c.w. permit. His Space Invader tattoo is absolutely an antifa identifier. His social media posts are pro-antifa/blm. Pinkerton has remained silent as to whether he’s one of them, as it would be a gross vetting failure on their part. 9news and others are in full c.y.a. mode right now. The shooter was the aggressor and his life or person was never in danger. Pepper spray is not lethal. If the 9news reporter felt he needed protection, why didn’t the fake security guard walk him to his news van, which he didn’t. National and local news organizations say, out of one side of their mouth, that these antifa/blm protestors are peaceful. Then out of the other side of their mouth they say they need protection from these same protesters. Finally, flip this script. Imagine what the local and national media attention/outrage would be if was the patriot guy who murdered the antifa guy. Joe Biden would hobble out of his basement bunker to condemn it.

  2. Mary says:

    Maybe you folks claiming the security guard is somehow related to Antifa or BLM need to read articles on other sites (like 9News or Channel 7 or even KDVR, the Fox affiliate).

    Here are a few tidbits from “Security guard arrested on suspicion of first degree murder after fatal shooting near dueling Denver rallies” at 9News:
    “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.” (Who knew PINKERTON – originally an offshoot of the Secret Service – was an Antifa group.)

    In many cities, POLICE have attacked journalists covering protests (usually with those so-called “less than lethal” methods like tear gas and rubber bullets) – which is why 9News started sending private security with staff.

    There is video of the incident – and which I am sure will be (if it has not already been) reviewed for the timing of the incident – whether the “security guard” fired after the victim “batted away” his hand (trying to grab the can of mace or bear spray or whatever it was – and note that is something the POLICE claim is “less than lethal” – which may be why the shooter is being held on investigation of first degree murder charges).

    Meanwhile, there is some question as to whether the shooter had the proper credentials to act as a security guard in Denver – see “What are the requirements to be a licensed security guard in Denver?” at the KDVR site. Denver’s Excise and Licenses Director of Communications Eric Escudero stated:
    ““We searched our records and there is no record for an active security guard now or ever for an individual named Matthew Doloff. If he was operating as a security guard he was in violation of the law. Administratively, a security guard operating without a license could be fined up to $999 dollars and face up to a year in jail. The company he works for is also legally responsible for making sure all their security guard employees have a license and could face administrative action against their required security guard employer license if they have security guards working without a license.”

    Note that in the Channel 7 article “Man shot, killed during protests in Denver; suspect acting as ‘armed security guard’ in custody” at least one witness claimed to have seen the “cloud of mace shortly AFTER (caps mine) hearing a gunshot”.

    In addition:
    “Further investigation has determined the suspect is a private security guard with no affiliation with Antifa. Additional information will be released as it becomes available,” the police department tweeted.

  3. Joerg Daehn says:

    Whatever, you guys are all gun nuts (left and right) and this isn’t going to end well. We had that in Germany (with everybody armed after WW1) and it was called Weimar Republic and you now where THAT ended . . . civil war (sort of) an then Adolf Hitler took over. You need to tax the bullets . . . like Chris Rock once suggested, albeit jokingly.

    1. David S McCann says:

      You need to be careful what you say from Germany. Hitler used gun control to disarm his citizens and we all know how that worked out for the Jews and the world.

  4. says:

    clearly affiliated with antifa. stop reporting lies

  5. antifa/blm used social media to advertise a canned food drive in the same area; the canned food was for throwing at police and the patriot prayer attendees; yet social media still allows atifa/blm to use their services and censors ALL conservatives.

    channel 9 id complicit in this as they knew the background of this person and likely condoned the violence, yet they will distance themselves using the exact same amendment that they are trying to destroy. The First Amendment!

  6. Dusty Granger says:

    Peggy Carey, your comment is full of false statements. Video and Photo evidence shows it is just as ‘Don’t be a brainlet Patty’ say it is.

  7. Don't be a brainlet Patty says:

    The shooter made an attempt to grab the bear mace from the victim and the victim slapped him out of self defense. The victim backs up and the shooter pulls his firearm. The victim sees this and sprays his bear mace but its too late, due to the shooter already firing his gun at the victim. In the high resolution photos you can see the empty shell flying through the air before the bear mace reaches the shooter meaning the shooter was the aggressor. Then after the victim falls the shooter turns to the left with his eyes wide open which shows the mace never affected him. Clear case of murder. And why is 9news hiring “private security” people with connections to Denver Black bloc/Antifa/the occupy movement?

  8. Peggy Carey says:

    This story is full of false statements. First, you state that there was an argument that ended with shots fired. That is untrue. The argument was over and one of the men in argument went looking for trouble. He slapped the security guard, knocking his hat off. Then he pulled out this pepper spray or bear mace and sprayed the security guard at close range. Secondly you state that ‘until the shooting the rally was peaceful’. As stated, the decedent assaulted the security guard not once, but twice. Please issue a correction.

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