Matthew Dolloff Biography — Wiki
Matthew Dolloff is an unlicensed security guard who was charged in the killing of a Denver protester amid dueling rallies in October. He was released from jail Tuesday on a $500,000 bond.
Charged in connection with the shooting death of 49-year-old Navy veteran Lee Keltner, Matthew Dolloff left the Downtown Detention Center at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, the Denver Sheriff Department said.
How old is Matthew Dolloff?
Matthew Dolloff is 30 years old as of 2020.
What exactly Matthew Dolloff did to Lee Keltner
According to the probable cause (PC) statement released by the Denver Police Department Tuesday, Keltner and another individual engaged in a “verbal dispute” and “both men yelled and postured” while walking with a group around 3:30 p.m. near the DAM during the rally.
Investigators said they believed “the men may engage in a physical altercation,” the PC statement says.
Keltner was then seen holding a bottle of OC spray prior to striking Dolloff in the side of the head with an open hand following an altercation in front of the DAM, according to the PC statement.
Dolloff then pulled a gun from his waistband and fired one shot at the same time Keltner sprayed the OC. Keltner was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was announced dead at 4:05 pm.
Meanwhile, officers took Dolloff into custody at the scene.
Matthew Dolloff shooting video in Denver
What we know so far about Matthew Dolloff
Dolloff was contracted through the company Pinkerton by 9NEWS. Pinkerton said it does not actually employ Dolloff. According to Eric Escudero, marketing and communications manager for the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses, “there is no record” that Dolloff had a license required by the city to work as a security guard.
Dolloff was issued a concealed carry permit in June 2018, which was viable for five years, according to Elbert County Sheriff Tim Norton. Norton said he suspended the permit shortly after the shooting.
Doug Richards, an attorney for the Dolloff family, said in a statement:
“Matt was acting in self-defense. Matt put his life and now his liberty in between the now-deceased and the 9NEWS employee. This was not a political assignment for Matt. This was simply Matt protecting your employee.”
What his wife/girlfriend says
The ex-girlfriend, who asked to remain unnamed, dated Dolloff right out of high school from 2010 to 2013. During that time they were both heavily involved in Occupy Denver and spent nearly two years protesting against economic inequality in the heart of the city, she said.
She said she lost touch with Dolloff after they broke up and hadn’t thought about him in years before this weekend when the 30-year-old made headlines nationwide after he shot dead Lee Keltner on Saturday afternoon outside Denver’s Civic Center, where pro-police Patriot Muster supporters faced off with Black Lives Matter and Antifa counter-protesters.
“Matt isn’t Antifa or associated with BLM,” she told DailyMail.com on Tuesday.
“I can’t really speak on who he is today, but if he’s anything like the Matt I remember, he really is a good guy who would go out of his way to help someone in need. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. I can’t defend his actions on Saturday, but he’s not a bad guy.”