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Police say 1 dead after shooting in protest in Denver



The shooting took place in an area near a planned rally and police counter-protest, Denver Police Public Information Officer Ana Munoz told CNN on Saturday night by phone.

Denver police said in a tweet that further investigations had revealed that the detained suspect was a private security guard not affiliated with Antifa. The shooting is being investigated as a murder, police said.
CNN subsidiary KUSA, also known as 9NEWS, reported that the suspect arrested by police is a private security guard hired by the station.

“The private security guard was contracted by 9NEWS through Pinkerton. It has been customary for several months for 9NEWS to hire private security guards to accompany employees during protests,”

; KUSA reported. “DPD originally took two people into custody and later found that the second person, a 9NEWS producer who works in the investigation department, was not involved in the incident. The producer is no longer in police custody and is no longer a suspect.”

Local officials provided assistance to the victim, who was rushed to a hospital where they were later pronounced dead, investigative chief Joe Montoya said during a press conference Saturday.

Montoya said he had no comment on whether a Denver television station was involved in the filming when asked during the press conference.

Police interview witnesses and review videos of shootings, Montoya said.

Initially, Denver police tweeted that two people had been taken into custody as a result of the shooting, but only one person was taken into custody, Montoya said.

Filming was near 3:37 p.m. (5:37 p.m.) near Civic Center Park when the protest ended, Montoya said.

A verbal altercation took place before the shooting and two cannons and a can of maces were recovered from the scene, Montoya said.




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