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Security guard to face second-degree murder charge in Denver rally shooting, DA's office says

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

One person died and another was taken into custody after a shooting near dueling protests in Denver on Saturday, police said. The shooting occurred in an area near a planned police support rally and counterprotest, Denver Police Public Information Officer Ana Munoz told CNN over the phone Saturday night. Denver police said in a tweet that further investigation determined the suspect taken into custody is a private security guard with no affiliation with Antifa. The shooting is being investigated as a homicide, police said.

A security guard will face a second-degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of a man following political rallies last weekend, the Denver district attorney's office said Thursday.

(CNN)A security guard will face a second-degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of a man following political rallies last weekend, the Denver district attorney's office said Thursday.

Matthew Dolloff, who is accused by police of fatally shooting Lee Keltner on Saturday, had been booked into a Denver jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.

He has said that Dolloff acted in self-defense.

Dolloff and another man become engaged in the confrontation, and Keltner is seen holding the can of pepper spray, according to the affidavit.

Keltner then turns his attention toward Dolloff and the other man, and the images show Keltner and Dolloff "face each other," according to the affidavit.

(Dolloff) is then observed drawing a handgun from his waistband, aiming at Lee Keltner and shooting once, striking Mr. Keltner, as Mr. Keltner discharges his (pepper) spray," the affidavit says.

Dolloff is a security guard who was contracted through Pinkerton by CNN affiliate KUSA to accompany its reporting staff to a police support rally and a counterdemonstration, the station said in a statement.

Dolloff is not licensed to be a security guard in Denver, according to Eric Escudero, a spokesman for the city's Department of Excise and Licenses.

If Dolloff was operating without a license, he could be fined up to $999 or face up to a year in jail, Escudero said.

Richards earlier this week told the Denver Post that Dolloff was defending himself.

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