9News has brought in an outside reporter from Texas to cover the initial stages of the shooting investigation allegedly involving the news station’s hired security guard.
One man was killed outside the Denver Art Museum on Saturday following a shooting by 30-year-old Matthew Dolloff, hired as private security for staff by 9News.
“9NEWS covers many different kinds of stories, but it is rare that the television station is directly involved in them,” the station said in an article on their website Sunday. “Because of that, 9NEWS brought in reporter Jason Whitely from our sister station WFAA.”
Dolloff was contracted through Pinkerton by 9News as private security for reporters covering the day’s dueling protests.
9News said it has contracted security to accompany its staff to protests for a number of months.
“9NEWS is deeply saddened by this loss of life,” said 9News' General Manager Mark Cornetta. “We have and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement.”
Following the shooting, Denver police took two people into custody, later identified as Dolloff and a 9News producer who works in the investigative unit.
The producer was released from custody and determined to not have been involved in the incident.
Helen Richardson, a photojournalist with The Denver Post who captured moments leading up to the shooting, is also serving as a police witness during the investigation.
Dolloff is being held at the Denver Downtown Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree murder. He has not been charged.
The victim was identified as 49-year-old Lee Keltner Monday by the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner.