October 26, 2020

Unlicensed guard Matthew Dolloff who shot dead Navy vet at rally was Occupy protester and vocal far-Leftist, ex says

Unlicensed guard Matthew Dolloff who shot dead Navy vet at rally was Occupy protester and vocal far-Leftist, ex says

THE ex-girlfriend of an unlicensed security guard who allegedly shot and killed a Navy veteran at a rally has claimed he was an Occupy protester and shared far-left opinions online.

Matthew Dolloff, 30, shot dead Lee Keltner at a pro-police Patriot Muster event in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday, police said.

 Matthew Dolloff, 30, was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of first-degree murder

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Matthew Dolloff, 30, was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of first-degree murderCredit: Reuters
 Lee Keltner was shot dead at a pro-police Patriot Muster event in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday, police said.

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Lee Keltner was shot dead at a pro-police Patriot Muster event in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday, police said.Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Local TV station 9 had hired Dolloff to protect staff at the rally, where pro-police demonstrators faced off with Black Lives Matter and Antifa counter-protestors.

Dolloff was hired through the Pinkerton security firm, which said it had sub-contracted him from another agency.

The firm declined to name the agency, and on Sunday it was revealed that he was not licensed to serve as a private security guard.

Speaking to the DailyMail.com, a woman claiming to be Dolloff’s ex-girlfriend shared a look into the alleged shooter’s background.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said she dated Dolloff from 2010 to 2013, right after leaving high school.

HISTORY OF PROTEST

Both were heavily involved in the Occupy Denver, a local branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement that protests economic inequality, the woman said.

She added that they had protested together for around two years, but after breaking up, the woman said she lost touch.

It wasn’t until this weekend’s news that she thought about her ex once more.

Following the shooting on Saturday, rumors began to circulate online that Dolloff was motivate by his far-left beliefs.

However, Denver Police Department said Dolloff had no known affiliations with Antifa or Black Lives Matter – a point the 30-year-old’s ex confirmed.

 Matthew Dolloff was photographed at an Occupy Denver rally in 2011, scrawling '99%' on the sidewalk in chalk

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Matthew Dolloff was photographed at an Occupy Denver rally in 2011, scrawling ‘99%’ on the sidewalk in chalkCredit: Getty Images – Getty

 Dolloff was also identified as the man holding an American flag at an Occupy Denver event in 2011

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Dolloff was also identified as the man holding an American flag at an Occupy Denver event in 2011Credit: Getty Images – Getty

She told DailyMail.com: “Matt isn’t Antifa or associated with BLM.

“He shares a lot of of the same views and yes, was heavily involved with Occupy Denver/Wall Street but hasn’t, from my knowledge been involved in any activism for the last five-plus years.

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She added: “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.”

Dolloff’s ex did confirm that a number of left-wing posts that had been shared online, believed to be by Dolloff, were from his account.

LEFT-WING BELIEFS

Dolloff has no previous criminal charges other than traffic incidents.

The shooting on Saturday made nationwide headlines, after it was captured in a series of more than 70 images by a Denver Post photographer.

The photos appear to show Keltner slapping Dolloff in the face before they back away from one another.

In the next image, Dolloff can be seen shooting at Keltner as the protestor fires a cloud of pepper spray at Dolloff.

Keltner, 49, was a Navy veteran who ran a hat-making business in the Denver area for many years, his son, Johnathon Keltner, told the Post said.

Johnathon Keltner said: “He wasn’t a part of any group.

“He was there to rally for the police department and he’d been down there before rallying for the police department.”

Dolloff remained in jail Monday without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder in the shooting, jail records show.

At least three other people have been shot in protests in Colorado this year.

 Dolloff is seen participating in a rally in Denver in 2012, in a photo that was shared on his Facebook page

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Dolloff is seen participating in a rally in Denver in 2012, in a photo that was shared on his Facebook pageCredit: Facebook/Ambrose Cruz
 Saturday's shooting in Denver, Colorado, was captured in more than 70 photographs by the Denver Post

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Saturday’s shooting in Denver, Colorado, was captured in more than 70 photographs by the Denver PostCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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