Denver protest death: Demonstrator shot during rival rallies

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The suspect was taken into custody

A man was arrested on Saturday for a fatal shootout during rival protests in Denver, Colorado.

Local police later identified the suspect as 30-year-old Matthew Dolloff, who is believed to be a security guard.

According to reports, the dead man took part in the right-wing Patriot Rally. Police said it was not affiliated with left-wing counter-protests.

A Denver TV station said it hired the suspect to protect his crew, but police did not confirm it.

The suspect is being held on suspicion of first degree murder.

What happened?

The “Patriot Rally” in Denver was met with counter-protests from several groups who said they had held a “Black Lives Matter-Antifa Soup Drive”.

The shooting took place in a courtyard of the Denver Art Museum.

Photos published by the Denver Post newspaper appear to show a confrontation where the protester beats the security guard and sprays him with pepper spray before the security guard opens fire.

Denver police chief Joe Montoya said the incident occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. GMT). He said there had been a “verbal argument” and a gun was fired.

Two guns were recovered from the scene and one suspect was taken into custody, he said.

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Local television station KUSA-TV said on its website that the arrested man was a security officer he hired to protect his crew.

“It has been customary for several months (KUSA) to hire private security guards to accompany employees during protests,” said the broadcaster.

However, Chief Montoya said he could not confirm that the suspect worked for the station. Neither he nor the victim has yet been identified by the authorities.

Chief Montoya said police kept rivals’ rallies separate and there had been no further arrests.

What other protests are taking place?

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, protesters emerged for a fourth day after prosecutors said a black police officer would not be charged with killing an armed black teenager outside a mall earlier this year.

Earlier this week, Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm said policeman Joseph Mensah was rightly dismissed for pointing a gun at the police by 17-year-old Alvin Cole. It is the third fatal firing officer that Mensah has been involved in in five years. He remains in administrative suspension.

Meanwhile, in Portland, Oregon, police arrested a protest against police violence outside a police station in the north of the city. A police spokesman said the force believed the protesters were taking “direct action”.