1 dead after shooting in protest in Denver, according to police

1 dead after shooting in protest in Denver, according to police

The shootings took place in an area near a planned rally of police support and counter-protection, Denver Police Intelligence Service Ana Munoz told CNN by telephone Saturday night.

Denver police said in a tweet that further investigation established that the suspect in custody was a private security guard unrelated to Antifa. The shooting is being investigated as homicide, police said.
CNN subsidiary KUSA, also known as 9NEWS, reported that the suspect Detained by the police is a private guard hired by the station.

“The private security guard was contracted through Pinkerton by 9NEWS. It was 9NEWS ‘practice for several months to hire private security to accompany staff to protests,” KUSA said. “The DPD initially took into custody two people and later found the second person, a 9NEWS producer working in the research unit, was not involved in the incident. The producer is no longer in police custody and is not a suspect.”

Officials at the scene provided assistance to the victim, who was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, investigation chief Joe Montoya said during a news conference on Saturday.

Montoya said he could not comment on whether a Denver television station was involved in the filming when asked during the press conference.

Police are interviewing witnesses and reviewing shooting videos, Montoya said.

Denver police initially tweeted two people were arrested as a result of the shootings, but only one person was arrested, Montoya said.

The shootings took place at around 3:37 p.m. MT (5:37 p.m. ET) near Civic Center Park as the protest ended, Montoya said.

An oral confrontation took place before the shooting and two guns and a box of Mace were recovered at the scene, Montoya said.

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