1 dead in Denver after shooting near dueling rallies

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Matthew Dolloff, 30, is being held at the Downtown Detention Center.

DENVER — A private security guard is being held as a suspect in a deadly shooting near the Denver Art Museum, according to the Denver Police Department (DPD).

Matthew Dolloff, 30, is being held at the Denver Downtown Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree murder. He has not been formally charged.

Dolloff was contracted through Pinkerton by 9NEWS. It has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to contract private security to accompany staff at protests.

DPD originally took two people into custody and later found the second individual, a 9NEWS producer who works in the investigative unit, was not involved in the incident. The producer is no longer in police custody and is not a suspect.

This incident occurred beneath a city police surveillance camera and police confirmed they have footage of what happened.

DPD said that a little before 3:50 p.m. there was some sort of verbal altercation just as protesters were leaving the area.

Someone sprayed pepper spray and DPD said that is when at least one shot was fired.

Helen H. Richardson, a photojournalist with the Denver Post, captured many of the moments leading up to the shooting.

DPD reported the victim was being transported to the hospital at 3:49 p.m., and said the victim died an hour later. That victim has not been identified.

Two guns were found on the scene, according to DPD.

A “Patriot Rally” was set for 2 p.m. The participants planned to meet earlier Saturday at several locations around the Denver metro area and drive to the park next to the state Capitol.

A counter-protest “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive” was planned to start at 1:30 p.m. at Civic Center to “drown out” the rally.

The Denver Police Department (DPD) said they would not provide specifics on how they were responding to the event and released the following statement:

The Denver Police Department respects the right to peacefully assemble. Those who participate in protests, demonstrations, marches, or other gatherings, as protected by the First Amendment, are reminded to do so in a lawful manner. Individuals who choose to act outside of local, state and federal law, will be subject to citation or arrest. 

On Friday, the organizer of the Patriot Rally, John “Tig” Tiegen, did an interview on The Steffan Tubbs Show on KNUS, during which he said, “I’m not going in there to do violence, but I’m going to be prepared to do violence.”

On Twitter, Tiegan said the rally was intended to “fight back, push back. Time to take our country back.”

The Denver Communists, one of the organizations sponsoring the Soup Drive, posted Friday on Facebook: “We feel it is our responsibility to vocally oppose fascists every time the try to assemble. And we hope you feel the same way! And what are our options? To cede our streets to them?”

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