The lawyer for the widow of a Colorado man who was killed in a demonstration last weekend said the security agencies and the local news station that employed the suspect shooting as a security guard at the event owe some of the victim’s family answers.
William Boyle, lawyer for Lee Keltner’s widow, told Fox News that he has reached out to KUSA-TV regarding the hiring of Matthew Dolloff.
Dolloff, 30, who is not licensed, worked as a security guard for the news broadcast on Oct. 10 when he fatally shot Keltner, 49. The Navy veteran and hatmaker participated in the police “Patriot Muster” near Denver’s Civic Center Parker when he was killed .
Dolloff was contracted through the Pinkerton security firm, which subcontracted him from another agency. The news committee is hiring private security guards to accompany staff to protests, but has said they were not aware Dolloff was armed.
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“Ultimately, KUSA contracted a security guard and presented a political atmosphere with an armed security guard who was neither licensed in that capacity nor licensed to carry a gun,”
Prosecutors in Denver announced Thursday that Dolloff will be charged with a second-degree charge. Boyle called the charges a first step in the family’s search for justice.
The shooting took place at the end of duel rallies between police and Black Lives Matter counter-protesters and other groups. On mobile phone footage taken by a KUSA TV producer, a man who appears to be a Keltner is seen arguing with a counter-protester and pulling out a bottle of lace or pepper spray.
At one point, Keltner briefly goes out of sight and appears to confront the producer over his recording and is said to be getting into a fight with Dolloff. Another video from the news station employee shows police officers securing the place shortly after the shooting.
The family has not filed a lawsuit, Boyle said. He added that they would first seek a solution to ensure that “the family is healed.” Any agreement would include commitments from KUSA and the two security firms – Pinkerton and Isborn Security Services – that entered into a contract with Dolloff to modernize hiring practices.
“Mr. Dolloff, his actions that day resulted in Lee Keltner’s death, but they endangered everyone in downtown Denver,” he said. “We will ask them to modernize and re-analyze and guarantee that this kind of situation does not happen again.”
In a couple of statements released Tuesday, the news committee said it was requesting unarmed security guards and its staff were unaware that Dolloff was armed at the time of the shooting.
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Messages from Fox News to Pinkerton and KUSA were not returned. Matt Isborn, the owner of Isborn Security, told Fox News that no one from the Keltner family has reached out to him.
A lawyer for Dolloff’s family said he acted in self-defense.
“Matt put his life and now his freedom between the now deceased and the 9News employees,” attorney Doug Richards told the news outlet. “This was not a political task for Matt. This was simply Matt protecting your employee.”