Employees at Denver tv station 9News didn’t know a safety guard defending their journalists at protests Saturday was armed till the guard opened hearth and killed a protester.
“As acknowledged yesterday, 9NEWS doesn’t contract immediately with particular person safety personnel. 9NEWS contracted with Pinkerton and had directed that safety guards accompanying our personnel not be armed,” Mark Cornetta, president and common supervisor of the station, mentioned in an announcement Tuesday. “None of 9NEWS’ crew accompanied by Mr. Dolloff on Saturday have been conscious that he was armed.”
Matthew Robert Dolloff, 30, additionally supplied safety companies at a Friday debate between senatorial candidates Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper. The talk passed off at Denver7’s tv studio and was co-hosted by The Denver Submit and Colorado Public Radio.
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An legal professional representing Dolloff’s household on Monday advised The Denver Submit that Dolloff was armed on the debate. Denver7 on Monday confirmed Dolloff labored safety on the debate, however mentioned the station particularly requested Pinkerton for unarmed guards for the occasion.
Dolloff was not licensed to supply non-public safety companies in Denver, metropolis officers have mentioned. Dolloff on Tuesday remained in Denver’s Downtown Detention Middle on suspicion of first-degree homicide within the dying of Lee Keltner, 49. An legal professional for Dolloff’s household has mentioned the safety guard fired in self-defense.