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Suspected Protest Shooter Matthew Dolloff Had Valid Concealed Weapons Permit

ELBERT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)- The Elbert County Sheriff on Monday moved to cancel the concealed carry weapons permit of Matthew Dolloff, who is being held in the weekend shooting death in Denver of a 'Patriot' protester. Dolloff remains in custody for investigation of first-degree murder in the death of Lee Keltner.

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Matthew Dolloff (credit: Denver Police)

"I have suspended it until the outcome of his criminal case and he will not be able to carry a concealed weapon in the State of Colorado," said Elbert County Sheriff Tim Norton.

Fatal Shooting in Denver Amid Dueling Protests
Two men clash after dueling rallies in Downtown Denver on October 10, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. The man on the left side of the photo sprays what appears to be pepper spray at the man on the right side of the image. The man at right, fires his gun at the protester at left. The shooting happened as opposing rallies by far-right and far-left activists were ending. The shooter has been identified as Matthew Dolloff. He is being held for investigation of First Degree Murder in connection with this shooting. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

He told CBS4 Dolloff received the permit from Elbert County in June of 2018.

"He did the CBI background check, paid his fees, everything came back clear and he was issued a CCW permit," said Norton.

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Tim Norton (credit: CBS)

Norton said last year, his county issued roughly 1,000 CCW permits which are valid for five years. He said Dolloff's application was standard and unremarkable.

"I'm in the process of seizing this permit back to my office," said Norton.

He said beyond providing basic personal information and clearing a background check, some applicants have to take a class or demonstrate proficiency in shooting a gun.

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Matthew Dolloff (credit: CBS)

Norton noted the permit for Dolloff was issued under a previous administration and said that he did not know Dolloff.

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