A security guard suspected of fatally shooting a protester Saturday in Denver claims he acted in self-defense, according to his lawyer, the Denver Post reported Tuesday.
Matthew Dolloff, 30, reportedly shot Navy veteran Lee Keltner, 49, when a “Patriot Rally” and Black Lives Matter demonstration clashed Saturday, according to the Post. Dolloff is under investigation for first-degree murder, part of the incident was was caught on video.
Keltner reportedly hit Dolloff and sprayed him with a substance, after which Dolloff allegedly shot Keltner, though it’s unclear which occurred first, the Post reported.
Doug Richards, Dolloff’s attorney, said he feared for his safety when Keltner allegedly reached inside his shirt.
“I think it’s important to recognize that this is somebody who is at the protest working to protect First Amendment rights,” Richards said, the Post reported.
“He was not there on behalf of any organization or to advance any political agenda. You can see in the images that he put his body in between the protester and the reporter. Matt was doing everything he was supposed to do and everything he was trained to do,” Richards said, the Post reported.
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