DENVER (CBS4) — Video released Tuesday shows the seconds before and after a deadly shooting at a rally and counter protest in Denver on Saturday. Matthew Dolloff, 30, who was hired as a security guard by a local TV news station, through the security company Pinkerton, is accused of killing 49-year-old Lee Keltner. Records show Dolloff did not have the license required to work as a security guard in Denver.

In the video, you can see a verbal altercation involving two men standing between the Denver Public Library and the Denver Art Museum. A third man tries to separate them by physically pushing them apart.

“Don’t touch me, I’m standing my ground,” a man wearing a black T-shirt says. The other man in the confrontation, who is wearing a hat, sunglasses and a mask, can be seen holding some kind of spray can.

Be advised there is explicit language in the video.

According to 9News, there is a 12-second gap where the recording stopped, and that’s when the shooting occurred.

According to the probable cause statement released by the Denver Police Department, Dolloff became engaged in the altercation between Keltner and the other protester at 3:36 p.m. Keltner was holding a can of OC spray, also known as oleoresin capsicum spray or pepper spray.

Keltner and Dolloff faced each other, and Keltner struck Dolloff on the side of the head with an open hand.

A photographer captured the moment Keltner discharged his pepper spray and Keltner pulled his gun.

(Photo by Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

In the second video, which begins moments later, a man can be heard yelling that he working security for 9News.

Another man in the video can be heard saying that he has a press pass.

“The guy on the ground was going to mace me,” a man can be heard saying. “That was my security guard, he just protected my f***ing life.”

Again, be advised there is explicit language in the video.

Dolloff was taken into custody by officers while holding a semiautomatic handgun. Keltner was rushed to Denver Health where he was pronounced dead at 4:05 p.m.

(Photo by Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Dolloff appeared in court on Sunday and remains in custody on investigation of first-degree murder charges.

Matthew Dolloff (credit: Denver Police)

LINK: Dolloff Arrest Affidavit




Anica Padilla

Comments (9)
  1. I remember channel 4 having one of their reporters fired over setting up fake dog fights over 20 years ago just to get a story, seems the news stations have not learned their lessons as this was a complete set up with the agitator and cameraperson in tow ready to “get the scoop”…..the news crew and the entire 9 news staff from editor on down should be fired and jailed for per-meditated murder.

  2. B. Traven says:

    No one had to die. Armed police were everywhere; practically on top of these people. Dolloff could have alerted Denver P.D. or walked away instead of confronting Lee Keltner.

    9News employed an unlicensed, inadequately trained, hired gunman who took a man’s life in less.than 10 seconds. What happened to that missing 12 seconds covering the murder that would have told the whole story?

    In law, pepper spray is not a lethal weapon. Neither Dolloff nor the 9News producer even blinked from the spray that was released, but a man was shot to death. That’s just wrong.

  3. Tom Copper says:

    the loud “don’t touch me” guy was part of the setup. He was the instigator to get a situation going for the news crew.

    1. B. Traven says:

      The “don’t touch me” man has appeared at other protests doing the exact same thing. Why is the media not investigating his role in this sad story?

      1. Whittaker says:

        Is literally everything a conspiracy theory with you people? You forgot to mention Hillary and George Soros. lol

        1. B. Traven says:

          Everyone should be questioning why a television station needs “armed security” willing to shoot someone dead in broad daylight when Denver P.D. is on the spot.

  4. Matthew says:

    Use of deadly force seems justified. Matthew Dolloff would not have been charged if this took place in Texas.

  5. Greg says:

    Seems like a real nice family man, dude that got shot was the escalator hands down… get those camera’s outta here cause he was about to spray that young black kid.

    1. louisa may says:

      Exactly, that a-hole was bltch slapping people and threatening to mace everyone that didn’t let him. Even though gun vs mace isn’t a fair fight, the guy was begging for some kind of action. Well… he got it. I hope trumpers get it through their thick skulls that they aren’t the only ones out there that carry.

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