Elbert County's sheriff has suspended the concealed carry permit for the security guard accused of fatally shooting a man during dueling protests last weekend, authorities said Monday.

Matthew Dolloff's permit was revoked by Sheriff Tim Norton, "pending outcome of the the allegations," said Eileen Krauth, deputy county manager.

Dolloff, 30, was arrested moments after a single shot was fired Saturday afternoon near the city's Civic Center Park. He was booked in jail, without bond, on suspicion of killing a protester who family and friends have identified as 49-year-old Lee Keltner.

Dolloff was issued the permit, which is typically valid for five years, in June 2018, Krauth said. 

9News said Dolloff was hired as a security guard contracted through Pinkerton and said the television station has hired private security via contracts for several months to accompany its staff at protests. Pinkerton, however, denied Dolloff was one of its employees in a statement issued on its Facebook page Monday. The security service company said Dolloff was "a contractor agent from a long-standing industry vendor" 

It's unclear who employed Dolloff or what led to the shooting, as an arrest affidavit was sealed per a judge's orders.

The Denver Gazette has not been able to confirm that Dolloff has a license to be a security guard, which are issued by the city of Denver.

Department of Excise and Licenses spokesperson Eric Escudero confirmed in an emailed statement the department has no record of an active security guard license at any time for anyone named Matthew Dolloff.

Load comments