Witness to unlicensed guard’s fatal shooting of Denver rallygoer sues 9News, security firms


A witness to the fatal shooting by an unlicensed security guard working for 9News at a 2020 political rally in Denver is suing the television station along with the contracted security firms, citing his ongoing emotional and physical distress nearly two years later.

Plaintiff Steven Wright, a friend of victim Lee Keltner, said in the lawsuit filed last month in Weld County District Court that he was feet away from Keltner when he was shot and killed by security guard Matthew Dolloff in October 2020 following an altercation.

In the lawsuit, Wright’s attorneys from the Greenwood Village-based Dan Caplis law firm argue 9News and the security firms Pinkerton and Isborn Security Services negligently and recklessly hired Dollof to perform security services considering Dollof was not licensed in Denver and was not authorized by the police chief to carry a firearm during the performance of security services.

A representative from 9News declined to comment on the lawsuit Friday. Pinkerton and Isborn Security Services could not be reached.

As a result of witnessing the shooting, the lawsuit said Wright suffers from “continued emotional disturbance” and physical distress including disturbed sleep, nightmares, intrusive memories of the shooting, diminished appetite, decreased energy, anxiety in crowds of people, hypervigilance and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dolloff, 32, shot and killed Keltner, 49, on Oct. 10, 2020, after Keltner yelled at the 9News journalist Dolloff had been hired to protect while covering opposing political rallies in Denver’s Civic Center.


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