Newly released video footage showing the aftermath of the deadly Denver Patriot Muster protest shooting has raised questions about who, aside from the unlicensed security guard gunman, was armed after someone was heard shouting: ‘He’s got magazines.’
Police have said that two guns were recovered from the scene of the shooting outside the Denver Civic Center, where pro-police Patriot Muster supporters faced off with Black Lives Matter and Antifa counter-protesters on Saturday afternoon.
One of those guns is assumed to belong to shooter Matthew Dolloff, who was seen placing his weapon on the ground as he surrendered to police immediately after opening fire on Lee Keltner.
But it remains unclear who the second gun belonged to, as police have declined to say. An affidavit for Dolloff’s arrest only mentioned one gun.
Local TV station 9News, which had hired Dolloff to protect its staff covering the protests, released two cellphone videos recorded by its producer on Tuesday which showed the moments before and after the attack.
In the second video someone is heard saying: ‘He’s got magazines in his coat’ as officers surveyed the scene and took Dolloff and the producer into custody. The producer was later released after investigators determined he was not involved in the shooting.
The camera recording was facing up toward the sky for the majority of that clip, so it’s unknown who made the comment about magazines, which person they found them on or, or whether they were speaking about the kind of magazines used to store ammunition.
Dolloff and the producer, who has not been named, were wearing short-sleeved shirts. Keltner, a Navy veteran, was wearing a military-style vest with large pockets over a t-shirt. None of them were wearing traditional ‘coats’.
An attorney for Dolloff’s family suggested that Keltner may have been armed earlier this week when he claimed the gunman acted in self-defense after Keltner deployed mace at him appeared to lift up his shirt, possibly reaching for a gun.
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Police said two guns were recovered from the scene where Matthew Dolloff (right) shot and killed Lee Keltner (left) outside the Denver Civic Center on Saturday
One of the guns is assumed to belong to shooter Matthew Dolloff, who was seen placing his weapon on the ground as he surrendered to police immediately after opening fire on Keltner
9News released cellphone video recorded immediately after the shooting, in which someone can be heard saying: ‘He’s got magazines in his coat’ as officers surveyed the scene and took Dolloff into custody. The camera was facing up toward, so it’s unknown who made the comment about magazines, which person they found them on or, or whether they were speaking about the kind of magazines used to store ammunition
The 9News producer who captured the video is seen on the right side of the image above from a Denver Post photographer. The phone in his right hand (circled) was recording
Keltner’s family have insisted that he did nothing to provoke the shooting and suggested that Dolloff targeted him because of his conservative views.
In a Facebook post over the weekend, the victim’s mother Carol Keltner claimed that her son was shot ‘because he backed police’ and said: ‘The Left has gone too far.’
The Denver Police Department said that Dolloff has no known affiliations with BLM or Antifa.
Dolloff’s ex-girlfriend echoed that claim in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com on Tuesday, which also outlined the shooter’s history of liberal social media posts and attending ‘Occupy Denver’ rallies.
Dolloff is currently being held without bond at Denver’s Downtown Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree murder. The Denver City Attorney’s Office has until Friday to determine whether to file formal charges against him.
Dolloff, 30, (left) is jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder for shooting Keltner (right). If authorities determine that Keltner was armed, it could bolster Dolloff’s argument that he was justified in using of deadly force because he feared his life was in danger
Earlier this week Denver’s Department of Excise and Licensing confirmed that Dolloff did not have and has never had the license needed to serve as a private security guard.
9News, which contracted Dolloff through the security firm Pinkerton, has said it did not know that he was unlicensed. The station also said its staff was unaware that Dolloff was armed during Saturday’s protests, because it had told Pinkerton that it didn’t want the guard to carry a gun.
Pinkerton said it sub-contracted Dolloff through another ‘long standing agency vendor’, which it declined to name. Pinkerton also has not addressed 9News’ claim that it asked for an unarmed guard.
Pinkerton, 9News and the firm that employed Dolloff could all face criminal charges over the fact that he was not licensed.
9News asked its sister station in Dallas, WFAA, to help with coverage of the shooting since it is one of the subjects of the investigation.
On Wednesday WFAA reporter Jason Whitely spoke to a former district attorney in neighboring Boulder County, Stanley Garnett, about why the Denver City’s Attorney’s Office is taking so long with the charging decision.
Garnett said one of the biggest questions facing prosecutors, police and eventually the courts is: ‘If someone is threatening to use mace, and then does use mace, to what extent is the other person entitled to respond with deadly force?’
‘Or did the other person, the shooter, believe that in addition to mace there might be deadly force used?’
Keltner is seen deploying mace at Dolloff, who pulled a handgun out of his waistband. Former district attorney Stanley Garrett said one of the biggest questions facing prosecutors, police and eventually the courts is: ‘If someone is threatening to use mace, and then does use mace, to what extent is the other person entitled to respond with deadly force?’
New details about the case emerged on Tuesday in the two videos released by 9News.
The first video shows Keltner confronting a 9News producer and demanding that he turn off his camera just seconds before Dolloff stepped in and shot him point blank. The video ends right before the gun went off.
The producer’s attorney, Dan Recht, spoke to WFAA about the incident Tuesday, revealing that neither his client nor Dolloff had identified themselves as press at any point during the confrontation with Keltner.
The second video captured the aftermath, showing Dolloff lying on the ground as riot police put him in handcuffs. He repeatedly shouts: ‘Security for 9News’ and says: ‘That guy was going to get me.’
New details about the case emerged on Tuesday in the two videos released by 9News. The first video shows Keltner confronting a 9News producer and demanding that he turn off his camera just seconds before Dolloff stepped in and shot him point blank
The producer began filming when an argument broke out between Keltner (left of center in a bucket hat) and a Black Lives Matter counter-protester (right with a blue bandana)
The producer began filming the first clip when an argument broke out between Keltner and a Black Lives Matter counter-protester at about 3.30pm, after police had begun telling attendees on both sides of the opposing rallies to disperse.
According to an affidavit for Dolloff’s arrest, Keltner got into a verbal dispute with a 27-year-old man in which both ‘yelled and postured’, leading others around them to believe the shouting match was about to turn physical.
Investigators said a 60-year-old man stepped in between Keltner and the 27-year-old man to urge them to stop before Dolloff and a 25-year-old person – believed to be the producer – engaged in an altercation with Keltner.
In the 9News video, the 27-year-old counter-protester, who was wearing a ‘Black Guns Matter’ shirt, is heard telling Keltner: ‘Shoot me mothaf***a. F***ing kill me then n***a.’
The 60-year-old man then steps in and pushes the counter-protester back as he says: ‘Don’t f***ing touch me n***a. Don’t f***ing touch me.’
The counter-protester looks directly at Keltner says: ‘F***ing mace me,’ as Keltner walks toward him holding a can of mace.
About 90 seconds into the first video, Keltner walks toward the producer and says: ‘This is not the place for a camera. F*** you. Get the cameras out of here or I’m going to f*** you up’
Keltner appears to push the producer, knocking him backward as he engages in a physical fight with Dolloff
Keltner then looks directly into the camera before walking toward the producer and saying: ‘This is not the place for a camera. F*** you. Get the cameras out of here or I’m going to f*** you up.’
Keltner appears to push the producer, knocking him backward as he engages in a physical fight with Dolloff.
Dolloff steps back and a hissing sound, likely from Keltner deploying mace, is heard before the video cuts off.
Dolloff fired his gun a split-second later, according to another video taken by a man who had been live-streaming the argument between Keltner and the 27-year-old counter-protester.
In that video, a gunshot rang out about five seconds after Keltner walked over to confront the producer and security guard, who were outside the frame.
The second video shows Dolloff lying on the ground as riot police put him in handcuffs. He repeatedly shouts: ‘Security for 9News’ and says: ‘That guy was going to get me’
The producer can be heard explaining what happened to police as Dolloff is placed in handcuffs. ‘He maced him, he maced him so that’s when he shot him,’ the producer says. ‘That guy just saved my f***ing life, you know that right?’
The shooting was also captured in a stunning series of 71 images by a Denver Post photographer, which showed Keltner slapping Dolloff and deploying a stream of mace into his face as the guard lifted his handgun and fired, sending the protester staggering backward.
In Dolloff’s arrest affidavit, police stated that he pulled the gun from his waistband and fired one shot at the same time Keltner sprayed the mace.
In the second video released by 9News, the producer can be heard explaining what happened to police as Dolloff is placed in handcuffs.
‘He maced him, he maced him so that’s when he shot him,’ the producer says.
‘That guy just saved my f***ing life, you know that right?’
The producer was also handcuffed and taken into custody. Police said he was released hours later after it became clear he was not involved in the shooting.
The producer’s attorney Recht said his client was ‘terrified’ when Keltner ‘threatened him’. He said he believes Keltner targeted the producer solely because of his camera and did not know he was a journalist.
The attorney for Dolloff’s family, Doug Richards, also claimed that his client feared for his life and tried to paint him as a hero.
‘Matt put his life and now his liberty in between the now-deceased and the 9NEWS employee,’ Richards said. ‘This was not a political assignment for Matt. This was simply Matt protecting your employee.’
Keltner staggers backward after Dolloff fired his weapon into the cloud of mace
Dolloff laid down his weapon and appeared to tell the 9News producer he was with to back away as riot police rushed at him
What are the security guard training requirements in Denver?
Denver is one of three cities in Colorado that requires a license to serve as a private security guard. Authorities say Matthew Dolloff did not have such a license during Saturday’s shooting.
‘There is no record of this individual ever being licensed or even applying for a security guard license in the city and county of Denver,’ said Eric Escudero, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses.
‘The fact that he was not licensed means that he did not go through the rigorous training that Denver requires all security guards to go through to prevent incidents like what happened this past weekend.’
To obtain a security guard license, applicants must undergo 16 hours of training, followed by another eight hours every year when they have a license renewed.
Getting a license also requires approval from the Denver Police Department.
International Counterintelligence Services President Grant Linhart, whose agency is approved to train security guards in Denver, said that one of the key parts of the training process involves knowing when to use lethal force.
‘It’s a very long training session,’ Linhart said, explaining that guards are trained that they must be in fear of their life or believe there is a threat of grave bodily injury before using deadly force.
‘If it’s what’s called a high school fight, you can’t use lethal force,’ Linhart said.
Referring to the Dolloff shooting, he said: ‘An open slapped hand is a high school fight – that’s not a lethal force encounter. Pepper spray is not a lethal force encounter even in law enforcements’ eyes.’
It remains unclear how Dolloff managed to get hired as a security guard without a license.
Pinkerton, which contracted him out to 9News, has refused to respond to questions on that topic.
Following reports that Dolloff was not actually licensed, 9News has maintained that it was Pinkerton’s responsibility to ensure that its contractors had proper documentation.
‘9News continues to cooperate fully with law enforcement and is deeply saddened by this loss of life,’ the outlet said in a statement Monday.
‘For the past few months, it has been the practice of 9NEWS to contract private security, through an outside firm, to accompany our personnel covering protests.
‘Pinkerton, the private security firm, is responsible for ensuring its guards or those it contracts with are appropriately licensed. 9NEWS does not contract directly with individual security personnel.’
In another statement on Tuesday, the station said: ‘9News contracted with Pinkerton and had directed that security guards accompanying our personnel not be armed. None of 9News’ crew accompanied by Mr Dolloff on Saturday were aware that he was armed.’
Pinkerton also sought to deflect blame by asserting that it had sub-contracted Dolloff from another firm, which it has refused to name when asked directly by multiple media outlets.
‘We take loss of life in any situation very seriously and our hearts go out to those impacted,’ Pinkerton said in a statement on Monday.
‘As it relates to the incident in Denver on October 10, the agent in question is not a Pinkerton employee but rather a contractor agent from a longstanding industry vendor.
‘Security professionals often serve as guides to protect media crews during potentially dangerous situations or hostile environments.
‘We are fully cooperating with law enforcement authorities in their investigation.’
Eric Escudero, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses, responded to Pinkerton’s statement on Tuesday.
‘If you are a security guard company, whether you want to call it a contract or call it a temporary, if they are doing security guard work, you are required to have a license and the company is responsible that is the security guard employer for making sure they are licensed,’ Escudero said.
‘It is clear as a crystal-clear blue day in Colorado, there are no loopholes in the City and County of Denver when it comes to licensing security guard companies.’
Dolloff was issued a five-year concealed carry permit in June 2018, according to Elbert County Sheriff Tim Norton.
Norton moved to suspend the permit on Monday in light of the shooting.
Pinkerton released the statement above on Monday, asserting that it did not employ Dolloff but had contracted him from an unnamed ‘long standing industry vendor’
Pinkerton: The security firm that contracted Patriot Muster shooter
Pinkerton was thrust into the spotlight after it was revealed that 9News used the security firm to hire Matthew Dolloff.
The firm was founded as Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago in 1850 by Scotsman Allan Pinkerton.
At the height of its power in the early 20th century, Pinkerton was the largest law enforcement agency in the country.
The US Department of Justice contracted out investigative work to Pinkerton in the 1870s, before the Anti-Pinkerton Act of 1893 banned the government from employing individuals affiliated with the firm.
Pinkerton gained a reputation for intimidating factory workers while helping companies keep unionists out of their operations.
Today, the word Pinkerton is still associated with union conflicts – but the firm focuses efforts on threat intelligence, risk management and executive protection.
The company was purchased by Swedish security company Securitas AB in 1999. It’s headquarters is now located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Despite the Denver Police Department’s assertion that Dolloff was not affiliated with a political group, rumors have been circulating online that he was motivated to kill by extreme left-wing beliefs.
The rumors were fueled by posts on Dolloff’s Facebook page, in which he shared liberal opinions and attacks on Donald Trump.
Dolloff’s ex-girlfriend confirmed the page belongs to him in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com on Tuesday, where she expressed her shock at learning about his involvement in the shooting.
A woman who dated Dolloff (pictured) for three years from 2010 to 2013 revealed her shock at learning about his involvement in Saturday’s shooting in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com on Tuesday
The ex-girlfriend, who asked to remain anonymous, dated Dolloff right out of high school from 2010 to 2013. During that time they were both heavily involved in Occupy Denver – the local branch of Occupy Wall Street – and spent nearly two years protesting against economic inequality in the heart of the city, she said.
She declined to speculate on the circumstances of the shooting but said: ‘He never had been known to be violent. It’s weird seeing the whole country have an opinion on him, when I actually know him and who he is as a person.’
‘Matt isn’t Antifa or associated with BLM,’ she continued. ‘He shares a lot of of the same views and yes, was heavily involved with Occupy Denver/Wall Street but hasn’t, from my knowledge been involved in any activism for the last five-plus years.
‘I can’t really speak on who he is today, but if he’s anything like the Matt I remember, he really is a good guy who would go out of his way to help someone in need. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. I can’t defend his actions on Saturday, but he’s not a bad guy.’
Public records reviewed by DailyMail.com show that Dolloff has been involved in a small livestock and honey-making business called Lavender Moon Farm since 2014. Dolloff lives full-time at the farm in Elizabeth, Colorado, according to neighbors who spoke to FOX31.
In photos on Dolloff’s Facebook page and a page for Lavender Moon, Dolloff is seen tending to various animals alongside a woman who his ex-girlfriend confirmed is his wife.
Dolloff’s ex-girlfriend said that they were both heavily involved in the Occupy Denver movement for two years between 2011 and 2012. Dolloff (center in black) is seen participating in a rally in Denver in 2012 in a photo on his Facebook page
Dolloff is seen scrawling ‘99%’ on the sidewalk in chalk during an Occupy Denver rally in 2011. Dolloff’s ex-girlfriend said that the pair got involved in Occupy Denver in the movement’s early days in 2011, saying: ‘We were there pretty much all the time’
Dolloff’s Facebook page and public records reviewed by DailyMail.com show that he runs his own business in Elizabeth, Colorado, called Lavender Moon Farm, where he raises livestock and bees with his wife. Pictured: Dolloff and his wife sell their honey products at a trade show in March 2019
In a post from 2017, Dolloff shared that he and his partner had both obtained hunting licenses
WHO ARE THE ‘PATRIOT MUSTER’ PROTESTERS?
Patriot Muster is the name given to pro-police activists who have attended rallies organized by John Tiegen, an ex-Marine and Blackwater private security guard.
The group was formed over the summer as Denver, along with dozens of other cities across the US, was roiled by protests against racism and police brutality.
Patriot Muster made headlines in July when it hosted a ‘Back the Blue’ rally that descended into chaos when protesters began clashing with counter-protesters. Tiegen accused the counter-protesters of throwing soup cans at his followers.
Tiegen organized another Patriot Muster rally on Saturday at the Denver Civic Center, under the slogan: ‘Stand up, show up.’
The slogan bore similarities to President Donald Trump’s response when asked to condemn white supremacists and the Proud Boys. Instead of disavowing them he said: ‘Stand back and stand by.’
Black Lives Matter protesters led by the Denver Communists responded by creating their own rally in the same location, dubbed the ‘BLM-Antifa Soup Drive’.
The ‘soup rally’ was meant to be ironic in response to Tiegen accusing leftist protesters of throwing cans.
Tiegen foreshadowed violence at the event on Friday, telling KNUS: ‘I’m not going in there to do violence, but I’m going to be prepared to do violence.’