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Denver Police identify a rifleman charged with the murder of the protester Patriot Muster, who sprayed him with clubs


30-year-old Matthew Dolloff (pictured) was arrested for first degree murder after allegedly shooting a "Patriot Muster" protester during Saturday's dueling rallies in Denver

The private security officer who allegedly shot a right-wing "Patriot Muster" protester outside the Denver Art Museum was identified as 30-year-old Matthew Dolloff.

Dolloff, a Pinkerton contractor hired as a security officer for 9News, was arrested on suspicion of murder after opening fire on the protester Patriot Muster, who put maces on him at dueling rallies on Saturday afternoon.

According to the prison, he is currently being held for first degree murder without bail.

Family members identified the victim as Lee Keltner, a grandfather and a military veteran. Carol Keltner, who said she was the victim's mother, wrote on Facebook that her son was killed "because he supported the police".

In pictures taken by a Denver Post The photographer Keltner appeared to hit Dolloff and then put a mace in his face before the guard raised his pistol and fired and stumbled the protester backwards.

The moments before filming were captured in a video posted on social media showing the Keltner in a screaming match with another man believed to be with a group of Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters, Which turned out to be in the art museum Compete against the police crowd Patriot Muster.

The counter-protester, who wore a Black Lives Matter shirt, tells Keltner: "F *** ing mace me" while bystanders try to pull them away from each other.

The counter-protester continues to scream as Keltner leaves the video frame. Seconds later, a shot sounds and Keltner lies on the sidewalk.

The video did not show Dolloff surrendering immediately to riot police who arrested him in another local media clip.

The Denver Police Department (DPD) said Dolloff had no known affiliation with a group of Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters. Police declined to confirm whether the victim, whom they have not yet publicly named and who was pronounced dead in a hospital, was linked to Patriot Muster.

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A stunning series of images captured the moment the private security officer who worked for News9 shot and killed the Patriot Muster protester. In the picture above, the protester appears to be beating the security guard while holding a can of clubs in his hand

A stunning series of images captured the moment the private security officer who worked for News9 shot and killed the Patriot Muster protester. In the picture above, the protester appears to be beating the security guard while holding a can of clubs in his hand

A second picture showed the protester from Patriot Muster using maces on the guard who raised his pistol. The security guard was signed by the local TV station News9 through Pinkerton, a private investigator and security company

A second picture showed the protester from Patriot Muster using maces on the guard who raised his pistol. The security guard was signed by local TV station News9 through Pinkerton, a private investigator and security company

The Patriot Muster protester staggered backwards after the security guard appeared to fire his gun. Neither the protester nor the security guard had been identified by Denver police until Sunday morning

The Patriot Muster protester staggered backwards after the security guard appeared to fire his gun. Neither the protester nor the security guard had been identified by Denver police until Sunday morning

The guard turned and looked at the camera after fatally shooting the protester who killed him at 3:37 p.m. outside the Denver Art Museum on Saturday afternoon

The guard turned and looked at the camera after fatally shooting the protester who killed him outside the Denver Art Museum at 3:37 p.m. on Saturday afternoon

The guard immediately put down his gun and appeared to be telling a 9News producer to back off when riot police rushed towards him

The guard immediately put down his gun and appeared to be telling a 9News producer to back off when riot police rushed towards him

The guard fell to his knees and surrendered immediately after fatally shooting the man who macedated him

The guard fell to his knees and surrendered immediately after fatally shooting the man who macedated him

The moments before the shooting were captured in a video posted on social media showing the male victim in a screaming match with another man believed to be with a group of Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters who were in the Art museum turned out to face the crowd of patriot patterns

The counter-protester told the victim, "F *** ing mace me," when viewers tried to pull them away from each other and the Patriot Model protester stepped out of the video frame. Seconds later, a shot rang out and the protester lay on the sidewalk

The moments before the shooting were captured in a video posted on social media showing the male victim in a screaming match with another man believed to be with a group of Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters who were in the Art museum turned out to face the crowd of patriot patterns

9News confirmed that it had hired the security guard through the private detective agency Pinkerton to monitor its employees during the duel protests between pro-police groups called Patriot Muster and a "BLM-Antifa Soup Drive" on Saturday.

"A 9NEWS employee and a 9NEWS contractor were taken into custody," the station reported, adding that the contractor was not believed to be involved in the shooting.

& # 39; The private security guard was signed by 9NEWS through Pinkerton. It has been customary for a few months for 9NEWS to employ private security guards to accompany employees during protests. & # 39;

The police had campaigned in large numbers for the rallies on Saturday. When gunfire broke out at 3:37 p.m. local time, more than a dozen officers rushed to the scene to arrest the shooter.

Dolloff still had his pistol under control when riot police inundated him with sharp weapons. He was filmed falling to his knees as he dropped his gun and raised his arms above his head.

He was arrested along with the 9News producer, who was later exempted from filming.

The victim was shot at close range and taken to a hospital, where he later died, said Joe Montoya, head of DPD's investigative department, at a press conference on Saturday evening.

"There was a verbal argument about the shooting," said Montoya. He refused to link the shooter and the victim to the protests until the police finished their investigation.

Two guns were recovered from the scene, Montoya said.

The DPD confirmed on Twitter that the shooting was being investigated as a murder.

The victim was seen wearing a shirt marked "BLM" followed by an obscene phrase that appeared to mock the Black Lives Matter movement. The shirt was partially hidden by his sleeveless military vest.

On Sunday, Keltner's relatives went on social media and identified him as the man who was shot.

"My son Lee was at the Patriot rally in Denver today," wrote Carol Keltner on a Facebook group called the Northeast Arkansas Tea Party Group.

After the rally, someone on the BLM and Antifa side walked up to him, said a few bad words, and then shot him in the head. He was murdered for supporting the police.

& # 39; His 24 year old son was with him. I moved to Arkansas because Colorado was getting too expensive and liberal. The left is out of control. "

Jay Keltner, who identified himself as the victim's son, also wrote about the tragedy on Facebook, saying, “I can't believe my father is gone. That will never be right #RIP. & # 39;

This is the moment the suspected gunman is arrested after he reportedly shot and killed a Patriot Muster member who slapped him in the face. A gun can be clearly seen to the right of the demonstrator

This is the moment the suspected gunman is arrested after he reportedly shot and killed a Patriot Muster member who slapped him in the face. A gun can be clearly seen to the right of the demonstrator

Police arrested the gunmen and several others after the shooting in Denver on Saturday afternoon

Police arrested the gunmen and several others after the shooting in Denver on Saturday afternoon

The victim, believed to be attending a Patriot Muster rally, was shot dead after an argument with a security guard

The victim, believed to be attending a Patriot Muster rally, was shot dead after an argument with a security guard

Paramedics took the victim to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Saturday afternoon

Paramedics took the victim to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Saturday afternoon

In the Twitter video, recorded just before the shooting, the victim and several other Patriot Muster supporters became embroiled in a heated argument with at least one Black Lives Matter protester.

The shooting victim (left) was seen arguing with a Black Lives Matter protester seconds before he was shot

The shooting victim (left) was seen arguing with a Black Lives Matter protester seconds before he died

The video started with the BLM protester yelling in the face of the soon-to-be victim and saying: "Shoot me, Mothaf *** a. Then kill me n *** a. & # 39;

Another Patriot Muster supporter stepped in and pushed the BLM protester back when he said, “Don't touch me. Do not touch me. & # 39;

The protester looked directly at the victim and said: "F *** ing mace me" when the victim came up to him with a can of clubs.

The victim said several words that were incomprehensible before finally pulling up his American flag face mask and walking out of the frame to the point where the security guard was about 15 feet away.

The BLM protester yelled at the second Patriot Muster supporter for a few seconds before gunfire broke out and the video broke off.

Richard Johnson, who witnessed the shooting, told CBS4 that he had seen nothing out of the ordinary.

"I wonder what possible explanation there could be," said Johnson.

“There didn't seem to be any argument, there was no shouting from this path, the victim didn't seem to be walking towards him threateningly.

& # 39; He's a great man. But I suspect if this all gets mixed up it might be something other than what we might think first. & # 39;

The victim (pictured on the ground after being shot) died shortly after being shot on the Patriot pattern

The victim (pictured on the ground after being shot) died shortly after being shot on the Patriot pattern

Officers rushed to the location of the shooting near the community center and formed a barrier around the dead person until the ambulances arrived

Officers rushed to the location of the shooting near the community center and formed a barrier around the dead person until the ambulances arrived

WHO ARE THE & # 39; PATRIOT PATTERN & # 39; PROTESTERS?

Patriot Muster is the name given to pro-police activists who have participated in rallies organized by John Tiegen, a former Navy and Blackwater security officer.

The group was formed over the summer when Denver, along with dozen other cities in the United States, was hit by protests against racism and police brutality.

Patriot Muster hit the headlines in July when a "Back the Blue" rally was held there, which wreaked havoc when protesters clashed with counter-protesters. Tiegen accused the counter-protesters of throwing cans of soup at his supporters.

Tiegen organized another Patriot Muster rally at the Denver Civic Center on Saturday under the motto: "Stand up, come up."

The slogan was similar to President Donald Trump's response when asked to condemn white supremacists and the Proud Boys. Instead of denying it, he said, "Stand back and stand by."

The Black Lives Matter protesters, led by the Denver communists, responded with their own rally in the same location, dubbed "BLM-Antifa Soup Drive".

The "soup rally" was supposed to be ironic in response to Tiegen accusing leftist protesters of throwing cans.

Tiegen anticipated violence at the event on Friday and said to KNUS: "I'm not going in there to use violence, but I will be ready to use violence."

Rival rallies, which have become a common sight in Denver over the summer, were held on Saturday afternoon by opposing groups Patriot Muster and BLM / Antifa.

John Tiegen, a former private security officer for the Navy and Blackwater, is believed to be the founder of Patriot Muster, which is made up of police activists.

Tiegen had called his supporters to a rally at 2 pm in the park of the Denver Civic Center, under the motto: "Stand up, emerge."

The slogan was similar to President Donald Trump's response when asked to condemn white supremacists and the Proud Boys. Instead of denying it, he said, "Stand back and stand by."

"Make a pattern with me and hundreds of Patriot Americans at 2pm sharp in Civic Center Park," Tiegen wrote on Instagram.

“Don't let yourself be intimidated or oppressed by communists, socialist parties and groups! Come to us and be heard and seen and celebrate OUR freedoms. & # 39;

Tiegen anticipated violence at the event on Friday and said to KNUS: "I'm not going in there to use violence, but I will be ready to use violence."

BLM-Antifa organized its own rally at 1.30 p.m. at the same place and said to its supporters: "Counter protest against the fascist rally nearby!"

Chelsea Jacobs, a member of the Denver Communists, said Saturday's event, dubbed BLM-Antifa Soup Drive, was organized in response to the Patriot pattern.

The "soup rally" should be ironic in response to comments that radical left protesters are throwing soup cans, she said.

When Saturday afternoon arrived, right-wing protesters gathered by Tiegen gathered in the amphitheater of the civic center while left-wing protesters gathered outside.

A member of the BLM Antifa crowd burned the blue-colored Stars and Stripes flag used by pro police groups, poured lighter fluid over it and set it on fire at the feet of the DPD officials.

A large number of officers tried to tell the two sides apart.

The police didn't let anyone into the amphitheater area, but they did at 3:30 p.m. Denver Post According to reports, the barrier appeared to be falling.

Police apparently fired pepperballs into the crowd after people from the left group started rattling the barrier towards the amphitheater.

This is not the first time that Tiegen's sympathizers have clashed with left-wing counter-protesters. Similar riots occurred on July 20 at a "Back the Blue" rally organized by Tiegen.

The protester was standing in front of the police when the flag went up in flames

The protester was standing in front of the police when the flag went up in flames

The moment of fire: smoke breaks out (in the upper right corner) after the shot rang out at the protest

The moment of fire: smoke breaks out (in the upper right corner) after the shot rang out at the protest

Large numbers of officers in the area tried to tell the two sides apart and then rushed to the scene

Large numbers of officers in the area tried to tell the two sides apart and then rushed to the scene

Tiegen, the organizer of Patriot Muster, said the BLM Antifa protesters had started throwing soup cans at the police.

The police expected trouble. In the past few weeks they have asked organizers to cancel or postpone their rallies in an attempt to ease tension.

Prior to the rally on Saturday, they made a statement saying the department "respects the right to peaceful assembly".

John Tiegen, organizer of the Patriot Muster group, said the BLM Antifa protesters had started to throw cans of soup at the police

John Tiegen, organizer of the Patriot Muster group, said the BLM Antifa protesters had started to throw cans of soup at the police

They continued, “Those who participate in protests, demonstrations, marches or other gatherings as protected by the First Amendment are reminded to do so lawfully.

"Individuals who choose to act outside of local, state, and federal law will be cited or arrested."

Tiegen is the author of the book 13 Hours, which describes the botched raid on Benghazi, which was turned into a movie.

Tiegen spent four years with the Marines and then several years as a security officer with Blackwater Security on missions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, according to its website.

Tiegen then worked for the CIA on their Global Response Staff, which was deployed in 40 countries around the world.

He was in Libya in September 2011 when the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi was attacked and four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed.

He received the Prize for Heroism and Valor for his bravery that night.

Back in his native Colorado, Tiegen has developed a career as a motivational speaker.

He appears regularly on television and radio to discuss his views.

On Saturday he said his Facebook page had shut down.

Tiegen encouraged the Patriot Muster meeting with the words: “Get up. Appear & # 39;

Tiegen encouraged the Patriot Muster meeting with the words: “Get up. Appear & # 39;

John Tiegen (left) is pictured at the 2016 Republican National Convention discussing the 2011 Benghazi attack

John Tiegen (left) is pictured at the 2016 Republican National Convention discussing the 2011 Benghazi attack

From left: Mark Geist, Kris Paronto, John Tiegen and actor Dominic Fumusa arrive in 2016 for a 13-hour special screening

From left: Mark Geist, Kris Paronto, John Tiegen and actor Dominic Fumusa arrive in 2016 for a 13-hour special screening

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