Staff at Denver television station 9News did not know a security guard protecting their journalists at protests Saturday was armed until the guard opened fire and killed a protester.
“As stated yesterday, 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,” Mark Cornetta, president and general manager of the station, said in a statement Tuesday. “None of 9NEWS’ crew accompanied by Mr. Dolloff on Saturday were aware that he was armed.”
Matthew Robert Dolloff, 30, also provided security services at a Friday debate between senatorial candidates Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper. The debate took place at Denver7’s television studio and was co-hosted by The Denver Post and Colorado Public Radio.
An attorney representing Dolloff’s family on Monday told The Denver Post that Dolloff was armed at the debate. Denver7 on Monday confirmed Dolloff worked security at the debate, but said the station specifically asked Pinkerton for unarmed guards for the event.
Dolloff was not licensed to provide private security services in Denver, city officials have said. Dolloff on Tuesday remained in Denver’s Downtown Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Lee Keltner, 49. An attorney for Dolloff’s family has said the security guard fired in self-defense.
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