Pictures show TV guard taken into custody after protester shot dead

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Denver: A private security guard working for a TV station is in custody after a person died from a shooting that took place during duelling protests in downtown Denver, the Denver Post reported.

The shooting took place shortly before 3.50pm in Civic Centre Park after a man participating in what was billed a “Patriot Rally” sprayed mace at another man, the Post reported. That man then shot the other individual with a handgun near the courtyard outside the Denver Art Museum, according to a Denver Post journalist who witnessed the incident.

A man sprays mace, (left), as another man fatally fires a gun, on Saturday, October 10, 2020 in Denver. The man on the left side of the photo was supporting the “Patriot Rally” and sprayed mace at the man on the right side of the image. The man at right, then shot and killed the protester at left. Credit:AP

A man turns after fatally shooting another man during duelling protests in Denver. Credit:AP

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

The KUSA TV station said on its website that it had contracted the private security guard who was arrested in connection with the shooting. “It has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to hire private security to accompany staff at protests,” the station said.

A man is taken into custody after fatally shooting another man in Denver. Credit:AP

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

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

AP

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