One Dead After Dueling Downtown Denver Rallies Turn Violent

UPDATE: 9NEWS reporting that the security guard arrested after today’s shooting worked for them:

DPD has since said that one of the two people taken into custody was not involved in the incident but was a person of interest at the time. The 9NEWS producer is no longer in police custody and is not a suspect.

A private security guard who was hired by 9NEWS is the suspect detained by DPD. It has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to hire private security to accompany staff at protests.


As the Denver Post reports:

One person has died and another man, who police said was a private security guard, is in custody after a shooting during dueling protests Saturday in downtown Denver…

The incident occurred after a man participating in what was billed a “Patriot Rally” sprayed mace at another man. 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.


The competing rallies appeared to be wrapping up when the gun went off. The man who was shot fell over, and was loaded into an ambulance. The man who fired the gun was immediately surrounded by police, who zip-tied his hands…

The first rally was planned by John “Tig” Tiegen, an El Paso County resident and a part of President Donald Trump’s reelection effort in Colorado. He organized what he called a “Patriot Muster.” He promoted it over the last week to his tens of thousands of social media followers, and repeatedly on the conservative talk radio station KNUS.

In response, the Denver Communists, Colorado Socialist Revolution and other groups organized what they called “A Black Lives Matter Anti-Fascist Soup Drive.” That appears to be a reference to Trump’s July claim that protesters had assaulted police officers with cans of soup. The event’s original title was “Rally to Oppose Fascism.”

Denver Police are stating in response to inquiries that the alleged shooter was not connected to the left-wing protesters on the scene, but was a private security guard working for an as-yet unknown party:

We’ll update when more information is available, as we urge everyone to seek out credible sources of information about what happened here instead of the wild speculation presently dominating social media.


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  1. kwtree says:

    Holy shit. What is it going to take for people to return to sanity?

    Trump wants a civil war so he can declare martial law and stay in power. If Trump  stops tweeting and pumping up this madness, will it eventually ramp back down? Political violence isn’t new, of course- but this level of armed street confrontation is what we’re used to seeing in other countries, where American soldiers go to be peacekeepers. 

    Time to buy a flak vest and helmet for the day-after-election protests? Perhaps pink kitty hats just don’t cut it any more. 

    • Unitary Moonbat says:

      Trump may, as you claim, want to start a civil war, but it was a gunman in the employ of 9News who did the murdering yesterday.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        So you're saying that a guy who is getting maced in the face can't defend himself?

        • harrydoby says:

          Probably not with deadly force.  Bringing a gun to a fist fight…

        • Unitary Moonbat says:

          Only if you’re saying that an appropriate response to the deployment of a non-lethal gas is to fire a gun at point-blank range into a human being’s face. Is that what you’re saying? That the appropriate “defense” against a chemical irritant is deadly force?

          Clearly, in your world it would be appropriate for “peaceful protesters” to answer police deployment of tear gas with a hail of gunfire, but I have to wonder: would an especially odiferous fart be sufficient reason to kill someone?

          • Conserv. Head Banger says:

            You weren’t there, Moonbat. Place yourself in the shoes of the security guard. You’ve been punched and now you’re being gassed with who knows what. And who knows how the protestor is armed beyond a gas can? Easy to say after the fact that the gas is/was “non-lethal.” Sadly, heat of the moment, just as predicted in the state’s make-my-day law. 

            As it stands, the security guard has other legal problems, as in being a legal security guard or not. 

            • Unitary Moonbat says:

              I wasn't in Denver a couple of days ago, but I have walked in the guard's shoes. I served as a military policeman in Germany for a number of years – iow, I know what it is to be struck, spit on, and otherwise provoked while wearing a gun. Nevertheless (and despite being ten years younger than the murderous 9News contractor), I managed to clear beer halls, break up bar fights, and arrest scores of violent offenders, all without ever shooting anyone in the head.

              Why would this jagoff's "legality" as a security guard matter one way or the other? Murder's murder, whether one is getting a check from the Pinkerton agency or not.

  2. Peromyscus says:

    You should have heard Steffan Tubbs pleasuring himself over this incident, in a "special edition" of KNUS today.  OMG he could hardly wait to get confirmation that it was Antifa aggression toward a "Patriot".  He would have played Bessie Smith's "God Bless America" at full volume, had he been the first to break that story.  Sadly for the mediocre Tubbs, 'twas not the case.  Guess he'll have to be satisfied with demanding that Hancock or Polis "tweet something!"

    Tubbs was also dissing 9News bigtime right before this story broke.  Maybe to cover his bases, eh.  Sycophant.  

    On a more serious note:  KNUS has been flogging this "dueling protest" scenario all week.  Even though only a handful of "Patriots" showed up – was KNUS happy to have violence erupt, so they can get the PR, the "special edition" Tubbs doom-and-gloom, the righteous indignation to fan their followers' teeth-gnashing over God, guns, and "Denver in Decay" BS?  So they can try angrily to call out Hancock and Polis?  I am sick of the damage the conservative AM radio and Salem Broadcasting does to our country.  They are Trump's devoted henchmen.  

  3. So what was this? Patriot weener harassing 9News ("the lamestream media") to the point where it escalated to bear spray, which resulted in the security guard shooting said idiot dead? Or was this a security guard who was a wee bit too hyped up on his own?

  4. davebarnes says:

    Capitalist roaders hiring Pinkertons to kill protestors. How far we have come since Henry Ford's days.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Well, there is a technological improvement.  Ford's protestors were pretty limited to sticks and stones … modern day Patriots have aerosol chem weapons that will shoot 20 feet or so. 

      Why are those so in favor of the Constitution so opposed to those exercising First Amendment rights and covering multiple sides of a controversy?

  5. OpenSpace says:

    9news has had militia members come to their reporter’ homes to intimidate them or threaten their families so it’s smart they hire security to protect their crews at such events. 

    Look at the sequence of photos in the Post online – the slain man was arguing and punching people before approached the security guard. Don’t know what was being said – was he threatening the guard? Did the guard think the mace canister was a gun or contain something else that would harm him? Up to a jury now.

    Meanwhile BLM should sue the Denver Commies for misappropriation. I get that the name of their parade – BLM Antifa Soup Can drive” was an attempt at parody but most people won’t get that. It doesn’t gain you anything. Go do a service project and let this right wing goons make fools of themselves on their own. 

    • kwtree says:

      Kyle Clark of 9News videotaped a known provocateur vandalizing city property, and being stopped by DPS Director Tay Andersen. Then the provocateur's friend threatened to sue Clark and 9 news for filming them.


      These same two individuals, whom I won't name here, have made numerous threats against BLM activists, including Director Andersen. They work to divide leaders from followers. They spread misinformation on social media, take credit for the charitable work of others in the community, and generally stir up trouble for legitimate protesters.

      The dead man, who maced the 9 News security guard, was wearing a Black Lives Matter Tshirt, as seen in this photo. My guess is that he was also a paid provocateur.

      They are petty criminals, con men, thugs. These are the soldiers in Trump's Army.

    • kwtree says:

      These provocateurs are going after journalists for doing journalism. ( see my other comment on two well known provocateurs who have gone after 9News before). 

      That is part of Trump’s agenda, and out of every fascist playbook. 

      To your comment on “BLM should sue the commies”, you miss the point. Just as there is no centralized antifa organization, Black Lives Matter protesters are a diverse group of grassroots folks. For example, in Lakewood, a group of mostly middle-aged white women like myself held standing, silent, peaceful BLM protests at various Lakewood intersections for several months. 

      Should we then sue the socialists and party-builders over the use of Black Lives Matter slogan? Should they sue us? That would be futile and ridiculous. We should accept our political and strategic diversity, and be led by trusted community leaders, preferably people who have personally experienced racism and profiling.


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