The security guard investigated in the shooting death of a Navy veteran at a Denver rally acted in self-defense when he opened fire on the right-wing demonstrator, his lawyer said in an interview.
Matthew Dolloff, 30, a hired security guard, is being held in a first-degree murder investigation in the caught-on-video death of Lee Keltner during a “Patriot Rally” that included clashes with Black Lives Matter demonstrators.
Local news station 9News-TV had hired the Pinkerton detective agency sub-contractor to provide security during the demonstration, though he was not licensed to work in that capacity, officials have said.
Keltner struck Dolloff while holding a can of apparent pepper spray and used the substance against Dolloff, who opened fire, images from the confrontation show.
Family attorney Doug Richards told The Denver Post that Dolloff saw Keltner reaching into his shirt and feared for his safety.
“I think it’s important to recognize that this is somebody who is at the protest working