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Lee Keltner biography: 13 things about U.S. Navy veteran shot by Matthew Dolloff

Lee Keltner

Lee Keltner

Lee John Keltner was a white man from Denver, Colorado, United States. On October 10, 2020, he was at the Denver Art Museum in the Civic Center of Denver.

A pro-police demonstration organized by Donald Trump supporter John “Tig” Tiegen called Patriot Rally was set there for 2:00 p.m. while a counter-protest called Black Lives Matter/Anti-Fascist Soup Drive was scheduled there at 1:30 p.m. In the courtyard of the museum, he encountered Matthew Robert Dolloff, an armed and ununiformed security guard for Denver-based news station KUSA TV.

Keltner was not a part of any group and he attended the Patriot Rally “to rally for the police department and he’d been down there before rallying for the police department,” Ketner’s son Jonathon “Jay” Keltner told Journal-News. Johnathon’s older brother attended the rally with their father.

After a verbal altercation with another man wearing a shirt with the words “Black Guns Matter,” Keltner maced and slapped Dolloff. It was photographed by Denver Post photojournalist Helen H. Richardson.

Dolloff drew a gun from his waistband and shot Keltner, who later died in the hospital. After Lee’s death, his sister Suzan Jo Keltner told the New York Post that her nephew who attended Patriot Rally with his father was not doing okay. 

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise funds for funeral cost to be handed to Suzan. Here are 13 more things about Lee:

  1. He lived in Denver, Colorado.
  2. Aside from Denver, he lived in various areas of Colorado including Thornton, Highlands Ranch, Longmont, Broomfield, Littleton, Brighton and Lakewood.
  3. He also lived in Prescott, Arizona, USA and in Bryan, Texas, USA.
  4. His mother Carol Lynne Keltner moved from Colorado to Arkansas, USA.
  5. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
  6. His career as a hat maker started in 1994 when he founded Crossfire Hats, a specialized hat maker on Sable Boulevard in Brighton.
  7. He has two sons. The older one was born in 1995.
  8. His second son Jay was born in 1999.
  9. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to violating a protection order.
  10. In 2015, he told the Denver Post, “I do a lot of western city hats like gamblers or derby hats. What people see when they come into the shop are the basic materials that I start with. I think people are surprised when they see the transformation of the felt into a wearable art piece. I also do a lot with Susan G. Koman Foundation. I’ve done western hats for their big banquet and I’ll probably do it again this year.”
  11. In 2016, he was charged with disorderly conduct/fighting in public.
  12. Dolloff shot him at 3:37 p.m.. on October 10, 2020. He was transported to the hospital at around 3:49 p.m. and died there at around 5:00 p.m.
  13. He died at the age of 49.

2 replies »

  1. dolloff drew and aimed his weapon frist. in the video you can hear lee tell him to “put it back.” The bang comes immediately after the spray, almost simultaneously.


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