Colo. man fatally shot amid dueling protests

Screengrab showing Police Chief Joe Montoya via The Guardian.

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UPDATED 4:15 PM PT – Sunday, October 11, 2020

A man attending a pro-police rally was fatally shot and one suspect is in custody following clashes with counter protesters in Denver, Colorado this weekend. The violence reportedly broke out near the Denver Art Museum on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, police identified the suspect as 30-year-old Matthew Dolloff. He was arrested on suspicion of murder for the death of military veteran Lee Keltner.

The shooting reportedly stemmed from a physical altercation between Keltner and Dolloff. Keltner allegedly sprayed mace in Dolloff’s face before the security guard opened fire.

Dolloff is currently being held in jail without bail. He is expected to appear in court on Monday.

Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters showed up to push out those attending the “Patriot Rally,” which was held in support of law enforcement. According to the Denver Police Department, the argument broke out just as the two demonstrations began to disperse.

“There was a verbal altercation that transpired, a firearm was discharged (and an) individual was shot,” explained Chief Joe Montoya. “There were two guns recovered at the scene.”

However, witnesses have said they think the situation was more complicated than that.

“There didn’t seem to be an altercation, …the victim didn’t appear to be advancing on him in any menacing way,” stated witness Richard Johnson. “I suspect when this all shakes out, we’re going to find that it was something other than what we might initially think at first.”

The case remains under investigation as a homicide.

 

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