Security Guard Charged With Murder of Navy Veteran Protester Didn't Have License
30-year-old Matthew Robert Dolloff was hired by 9NEWS Denver
The security guard who allegedly murdered a right-wing protester did not hold a valid license to be a security guard in Denver, according to the city.
30-year-old Matthew Robert Dolloff, who was hired by 9NEWS Denver, an NBC affiliate, was charged with first-degree murder after he shot Navy veteran Lee Keltner, 49.
Dolloff was reportedly employed as a private security guard via Pinkerton by 9NEWS.
But the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses said that Dolloff is not licensed to be a security guard in the city.
We searched our records, and 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. 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. We have an open administrative investigation in this case. If there is a violation of Denver rules, the security guard employer is subject to having their license show caused and there would be a public hearing to determine the status of the license going forward. This case is in the investigative portion and there has been no show cause issued.
NEW: 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”. More tonight on @CBSDenver at 10p pic.twitter.com/mFAYXZ1er5— Andrea Flores (@AndreaFloresTV) October 11, 2020
Investigators were “unaware” of whether Dolloff “is personally affiliated with any political organization," according to The Denver Police Department.
Dollof posted left-wing content online, according to Heavy.com.
Social media filled up with criticism of the news station for hiring a guard with left-wing views. A review of the social media accounts of Matthew Dolloff shows that he did post left-wing comments, unleashing an expletive against President Donald Trump and sharing Occupy Democrats and protest-related posts. He also liked posts favorable to Bernie Sanders.
So the Denver @9NEWS security shooter, Matthew Robert Dolloff, now arrested for murder has quite the Facebook post history. From [email protected] the Police (FTP), to sharing Occupy Denver/ Democrats, to his [email protected] Trump.— Rob O'Donnell (@odonnell_r) October 11, 2020
What I can’t find is any kind of security/police/military background. pic.twitter.com/oPtb2YSpR3
Conservative journalist, Andy Ngo, said Dollof had a history of “far-left views.”
Denver Police have released the booking photo of the shooting suspect that allegedly killed a conservative participant of the patriot rally yesterday. Dolloff’s social media history shows far-left views but he was at the rally as security for @9NEWS. https://t.co/sBf2xYWXgS— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 11, 2020
The accident occurred when two groups of demonstrators gathered for a “Patriot Rally" when far-left activists gathered for a “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive”—faced off at the Civic Center on Saturday.
“Immediately following the incident, rumors were circulating regarding the suspect’s affiliation with a particular group,” the Denver Police Department said in a statement.
“Investigators are unaware of whether the suspect is personally affiliated with any political organization.”
“No other suspects are being sought in connection to this incident,” the statement continued.
“The 2nd person held immediately following the incident was released after speaking w/investigators. This remains an active investigation; any additional updates will be posted as they become available.”
ALERT : Officers are investigating a shooting that occurred in the Courtyard by the Art Museum. 1 victim transported to the hospital their condition is unknown, 1 suspect in custody . pic.twitter.com/1F6NuVlv0F— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) October 10, 2020