The Pinkerton detective agency said Monday that accused Denver “Patriot Rally” shooter Matthew Dolloff worked for a contractor and was not directly employed by the famed firm.
“We take loss of life in any situation very seriously and our hearts go out to those impacted by this situation,” the company posted on its Facebook page. “As it relates to the incident in Denver on October 10, the agent in question is not a Pinkerton employee but rather a contractor agent from a long-standing industry vendor.”
“Security professionals often serve as guides to protect media crews during potentially dangerous situations or hostile environments,” the statement said. “We are fully cooperating with law enforcement authorities in their investigation.”
Dolloff, 30, who was hired by a local TV station to protect its news crew while covering a right-wing demonstration on Saturday, shot and killed US Navy veteran Lee Keltner in a confrontation with Black Lives Matters protesters.
The station, 9News-TV, said Sunday that they contracted Dolloff through Pinkerton and said they had enlisted security “for a number of months” to protect employees while covering BLM protests and related rallies.
Late Sunday, KCNC-TV reported that Dolloff was not licensed to work as a security guard in the city when the fatal incident took place.
Pinkerton did not identify the subcontractor that employed Dolloff.
Officials at Denver County Court said Monday that Dolloff made an initial court appearance on Sunday and was due to be arraigned in district court. His criminal complaint was ordered sealed by a judge Sunday.
It was not immediately known when the arraignment would take place.