Custody after man kills in Denver protests shooting

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DENVER – A private security guard working for a television station was in custody on Saturday after a person died in a shooting that took place during dueling protests in downtown Denver. The shooting took place shortly before 3:50 p.m. at Civic Center Park after a man participating in what was billed as a “Patriot Rally” sprayed Mace on another man, the Denver Post reported. This man then shot the other individual with a handgun near the courtyard outside the Denver Art Museum, according to a Denver Post reporter who witnessed the incident.

The man who was shot was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died an hour later, KUSA TV reported.

On its website, KUSA television said it hired the private security guard who had been arrested in connection with the shooting. “For several months, 9NEWS has had a practice of hiring private security guards to accompany staff during protests,” the station said.

Denver Police Department division chief Joe Montoya told the Post that police could not confirm the shooter’s or victim’s affiliations, but he said the incident started as a verbal altercation. Two guns were found at the scene, Montoya said, along with a tin can.

The Patriot Rally was one of two rallies happening around the same time in the park. A counter-demonstration called “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive” took place nearby.

Right-wing Patriot Rally protesters gathered in the park’s amphitheater and at times sang patriotic songs and waved banners, the Post reported.

Protesters from the left-wing “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive” waved flags and placards against the Nazis and white supremacists as they gathered in the middle of the park, several hundred yards from the boarded up amphitheater, said added the log.

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