Denver TV station says it didn’t know guard was armed before fatal shooting

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A Denver TV station says it didn’t know a security guard hired to protect its news crew during a right-wing demonstration over the weekend had a gun — until he killed a US Navy veteran.

In a statement appended to a story Tuesday, 9News-TV said “none of 9News’ crew accompanied by Mr. (Matthew) Dolloff on Saturday were aware he was armed.”

“As stated yesterday, 9News does not contract directly with individual security personnel,” the statement said. “9News contracted with Pinkerton and had directed that security guards accompanying our personnel not be armed.”

Officials at 9News said earlier this week that they hired Dolloff, 30, through the famed detective agency, a practice it had engaged in for months to protect its crews while covering Black Lives Matter protests and related rallies.

Pinkerton said in a statement Monday that Dolloff was not employed by the firm but by a subcontractor.

Dolloff is facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Lee Keltner, 49, who was shot once in the head by Dolloff following a confrontation after a “Patriot Rally” demonstration in the Mile High City.

City officials said the news outlet could be held liable for Keltner’s death because they employed the guard.

Dolloff’s lawyer maintained Tuesday that his client fired in self-defense.