Denver TV Station Security Guard Charged With Second-Degree Murder

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

The security guard who was hired to protect a KUSA producer at a protest in downtown Denver on Oct. 11 has been charged with second-degree murder following a fatal shooting.

Matthew Dolloff, 30, who was working as a private security guard contracted by the television station, is accused of shooting and killing 49-year-old Lee Keltner after a heated exchange at dueling protests between Black Lives Matter protestors and a counter-protest deemed the Patriot Muster.

If convicted, Dolloff faces between 16 and 48 years in prison, according to the Colorado Sun.


According to police, Keltner struck Dolloff in the face as Dolloff attempted to intervene in a verbal altercation between Keltner and another protestor. In the moments before the shooting, which the KUSA producer captured on video, Keltner appears to pull out a can of pepper spray. Police say Dolloff fired one shot as Keltner discharged his can of pepper spray. Keltner was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead.

Dolloff’s attorney said the security guard acted in self-defense, as has the owner of the security company that hired Dolloff to work for the station. 9News said the station requested an unarmed guard.

A judge set a $500,000 bond for Dolloff’s release.