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Man shot dead at duelling Denver rallies, suspect in custody

Man shot dead at duelling Denver rallies, suspect in custody

Protesters burn a police flag in front of law enforcement officers during duelling rallies between right and left-wing groups, Oct 10, 2020 in Denver. (Photo: Helen H Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)

DENVER: A man was fatally shot on Saturday (Oct 10) during duelling protests by left-wing and right-wing groups in downtown Denver, and police arrested a suspect they said was working as a private security guard.

An NBC News affiliate, KUSA-TV, said on its website that the man arrested for the shooting was a security guard hired by the television station to provide protection to its crew.

"It has been the practice of (KUSA) for a number of months to hire private security to accompany staff at protests," the station said.

The shooting took place in a courtyard at the Denver Art Museum during a so-called "Patriot Rally" that was met by counter-protests by groups who dubbed their rally a "BLM-Antifa Soup Drive".

A man sprays mace (left) as another man fatally fires a gun, Oct 10, 2020 in Denver. (Photo: Helen H Richardson/The Denver Post via AP) APTOPIX Denver Protest Shooting

Denver Police Chief of Investigations Joe Montoya would not confirm if the suspect worked for the station. Neither the victim nor the suspected shooter has been identified by authorities.

Montoya said police kept the two groups separated, and there were no other arrests during the competing rallies.

A photographer for the Denver Post captured an image of a man spraying a chemical agent at another man with a drawn hand gun.

Source: Reuters/dv

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