DENVER — An unlicensed security guard shot and killed a protestor in Denver during dueling rallies. Matthew Dolloff, 30, was contracted by a local Denver news crew, KUSA’s 9 News. 9 News was covering a police support rally and the counter-protest.
Dolloff was contracted via a vendor who was subcontracted via Pinkerton. Pinkerton is the United States’ oldest private security contracting firm.
According to their website, in 1848, Allen Pinkerton uncovered a group of counterfeiters who he brought to justice. Just two years later, in 1850, Allan Pinkerton founded Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency to offer his services to others.
Pinkerton’s Agents would go on to bodyguard President Abraham Lincoln and protect railways from bandits. As a matter of fact, Pinkerton’s agency is the forerunner to the U.S. Secret Service.
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Dolloff, the unlicensed security guard, engaged with the man he shot who we now know was Lee Keltner, 49.
Prior to Dolloff and Keltner engaging each other, Keltner was engaged in a verbal shouting match with another protestor.
Furthermore, Keltner also had mace in hand.
During the shouting match, Keltner breaks off screen and moves to his right. There he would engage with Dolloff.
Equally important, it is still unclear what transpired. However, at some point, Keltner and Dolloff exchanged words. A picture clearly shows Keltner slapping Dolloff. It was at this point we see Keltner and Dolloff back away from each other.
Dolloff removed his pistol from his holster. Keltner pointed and sprayed the mace at Dolloff. Finally, Dolloff squeezed off one round, which killed Keltner.
Police arrested Dolloff immediately and tended to Keltner.
Even the most experienced private security contracting and risk management agencies are not immune to risk.
Although Dolloff was not a direct employee of Pinkerton he was, however, a subcontractor of theirs.
In a statement released on Sunday, Pinkerton said the following:
“The vendor is responsible for proper licensing for all agents under their employment,” the statement says. “It is the responsibility of the vendor to ensure any agents assigned to security projects have the required documentation to complete the assignment.”
Furthermore, the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses confirms Dolloff did not have an active security guard license at the time of the shooting.
But, now, the real question. Why was Dolloff working as security? Also, if Dolloff is a pseudo security, or a fake security officer, then what kind of fines and penalties does he or his employer face?
Fines and Penalties
Dolloff is currently facing a number of legal issues.
Firstly, he is in jail facing possible murder charges. Dolloff’s legal team is claiming self defense.
Secondly, even if Dolloff gets out of the murder charges, he is still facing other charges. According to Eric Escudero, a spokeman for Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses, said Dolloff can face up to a $999 fine and one year in jail.
Alongside Dolloff, an investigation has been opened into Pinkerton as well as his employer. All parties have been cooperating with the investigations.