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Matthew Dolloff biography: 10 things about Lee Keltner shooter from Colorado

Matthew Robert Dolloff (©Denver Downtown Detention Center)

Matthew Robert Dolloff (©Denver Downtown Detention Center)

Matthew Robert Dolloff is a white man from Colorado, United States. Here are 10 more things about him:

  1. He is a resident of Englewood, Colorado.
  2. Aside from Englewood, he has lived in other areas of Colorado namely Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Elizabeth and Aurora.
  3. He is in a relationship with Sami Morin.
  4. He owns Lavender Moon Farm in Elizabeth where he raised sheep and dogs. He sold honey, Thanksgiving turkeys and other goods from the farm.
  5. In 2017, he sold honey at the Tanner Gun Show in Denver, Colorado.
  6. In 2019, he enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver where he studied political science.
  7. In 2020, when the Black Live Matter movement was reignited by several killings of African-American citizens in the hands of white cops, he was one of the people hired by Denver-based news station KUSA TV to provide security during demonstrations. The station contracted him through the detective agency Pinkerton, 9News-TV reported. There is neither a record that he had a license to work as a security guard nor evidence he had had one in the past, according to Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses. If convicted of violating city law about security licensing, he could face a fine of up to $999 and a year in jail, the department’s marketing and communications manager Eric Escudero said.
  8. On October 10, 2020, wearing a brown baseball cap, brown shades, light blue face mask, dark blue shirt, gray pants and brown shoes, he was at the Denver Art Museum in the Civic Center of Denver where Patriot Rally, a pro-police demonstration organized by Donald Trump supporter John “Tig” Tiegen, took place. Held simultaneously just a short distance away was a counter-protest called Black Lives Matter/Anti-Fascist Soup Drive organized by Anon Resistance Movement, Colorado Socialist Revolution, Denver Communists, Front Range Mutual Aid Network, Help on Every Street (H.O.E.S) and W.I.T.C.H. Denver. While he was not in uniform during the Patriot Rally, he was acting not as a protest participant but as an armed security guard for KUSA TV in a professional capacity. He was there to protect the news station’s staff. In the courtyard of the Denver Art Museum during the Patriot Rally, U.S. Navy veteran Lee Keltner sprayed him with mace and slapped him. He drew a gun from his waistband and shot Keltner, who later died at the hospital. The Denver Police Department officers detained him at the scene. The Denver Post photojournalist Helen H. Richardson captured the encounter between the two minutes before the shooting.
  9. He was 30 years old when he shot Keltner on October 10, 2020.
  10. On October 11, 2020, he was held at the Denver Downtown Detention Center on West Colfax Avenue in Denver without bail on suspicion of first-degree murder following the shooting that left Keltner dead. Represented by Valerie Cole, he appeared briefly at a virtual court hearing before Magistrate Kathryn Hecker.


(This is a developing story. More details will be added as soon as they are available.)

5 replies »

  1. You have the sequence of events wrong in #11. Doloff first accosted Keltner, then tried to grab his sprayer. At that point, Keltner slapped him, the Doloff pulled his gun and racked it, then Keltner started to spray Doloff at the same time that Doloff fired at Keltner.


      • Booter – sorry, but your attempt at whitewashing won’t age well. Dolloff by all accounts (so far) seems to have been a swell guy although emotionally misguided. But he screwed up royally here. I’d say Tom is correct in the sequence of events based on photos and video. Regardless, Dolloff countered non-lethal with lethal force and in a public place with lots of bystanders. Dolloff needs to do hard time for this. This cannot be allowed.


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