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2 companies cited for licensing violation in connection to security guard shooting at Denver protest

Both citations say request was for 'armed' security
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Posted at 12:01 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 15:15:36-05

DENVER — Two companies that worked to assign an unlicensed security guard to work for a Denver news station at a protest, where the guard was involved in a fatal shooting, have been cited.

Police detectives with the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses cited Pinkerton and Isborn Security with a municipal code violation for employing or directing an unlicensed security guard.

The Denver Municipal Code reads, in part: “It shall be unlawful for a private security employer to permit or direct any person to perform security services unless the person has obtained a license.”

The two companies are accused of arranging for Matthew Dolloff, 30, to provide private security services for 9News during a protest on Oct. 10. Dolloff was not licensed to do so as required by the City and County of Denver.

During the protest, Dolloff got into an alleged altercation with 49-year-old Lee Keltner near Denver's Civic Center Park. During the incident, Dolloff allegedly pulled a gun and shot Keltner. Keltner was pronounced dead at Denver Health Medical Center.

There had been a “Patriot muster” and a competing “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive,” as it was branded, in the hours before the incident in the area.

According to the citation by the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses against Pinkerton, which is based in Denver, “the request was for an armed, plainclothes guard to provide security for media."

9News previously said in a statement following the shooting that they requested the guard to be unarmed.

The statement reads: "As stated (Monday), 9NEWS does not contract directly with individual security personnel. 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.”

The citation against Isborn Security also reads that the company arranged for Dolloff to work as a “plainclothes, armed security guard.”

Dolloff was charged with second-degree murder in connection to the shooting. A judge in the case refused to lower his bond from $500,000.

The Denver Police Department said this case remains under investigation.

A few days after the shooting, The Denver Post released a series of images captured by photojournalist Helen Richardson that show the moments around the shooting.