A safety guard accused of killing a man near dueling protests in downtown Denver final weekend will likely be charged with second-degree murder, authorities stated Thursday.
The expenses in opposition to Matthew Dolloff, 30, in the deadly capturing of Lee Keltner, 49, will likely be filed Monday in Denver District Court, town district lawyer’s workplace stated in a press release.
Dolloff, who was arrested Saturday after the capturing outdoors the Denver Art Museum, had been held on suspicion of first-degree murder. The prosecutor’s workplace didn’t present further particulars concerning the second-degree murder charge.
The capturing befell after a “Patriot Rally” and what was described as a Black Lives Matter/antifa soup drive.
Police have stated the capturing adopted a “verbal altercation.” A possible trigger assertion stated that Keltner first struck Dolloff with an open hand on the facet of his head. Dolloff allegedly then drew his gun and fired as Keltner fired pepper spray at him, the doc says.
NBC affiliate KUSA reported that it had retained Dolloff as a personal safety contractor by means of a threat administration and safety companies firm, Pinkerton.
City officers have stated that whereas Pinkerton is licensed to make use of safety guards in Denver, there was no file of Dolloff having such a license, which is required. Dolloff may face further fines and jail time if he was discovered to have violated native regulation, officers have stated.
Pinkerton, which has stated it’s cooperating with investigators, may additionally face administrative motion.
A lawyer for Dolloff, Doug Richards, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Thursday. In a press release to KUSA earlier this week, he stated Dolloff was performing in self-defense when he opened fireplace.
“This was not a political assignment for Matt,” Richards stated. “This was simply Matt protecting your employee.”