In the evening hours of February 6, 2013 Belgrade Police Department responded to a reported Burglary near the Belgrade High School.
On February 7, 2013 Belgrade High School was put into a Shelter in Place status until School Officials and Police Officials could assess the information known to them at that time. After several hours the School Officials released the Shelter In Place and school functioned normally.
Police Detectives and Patrol Officers from Belgrade, Bozeman and Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office continued to work on this case. Officers conducted numerous interviews and followed up multiple leads from witnesses and citizens.
On February 7, 2013 a youth suspect (Belgrade High School Student) was identified and taken into custody by the Belgrade Police Department.
Police determined that prior to the discovery of the burglary by the complainants on February 6, 2013, the suspect had removed property from the residence and returned to Belgrade High School during the school day. One of the items was a handgun.
Police investigation indicates that on February 6, 2013 the suspect did enter Belgrade High School with the handgun. The handgun was removed from the school a short time later. No School Official or Police Official had knowledge of this incident until this investigation developed and information was obtained on February 7, 2013.
This took place at Belgrade High School and no other Belgrade School was involved. Based on the initial information, School Officials took appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of students and staff.
The youth suspect remains in custody at this time. This case is open as the investigation continues. Persons with any information on this case please contact the Belgrade Police Department Detective Division at (406)388-4262.
Belgrade School Officials and the Belgrade Police Department are very confident in the safety measures that were taken on February 7, 2013 and that there was no threat to student or staff safety.
E. J. Clark Jr. Mark Halgren Russ McDaniel
Chief of Police Acting Superintendent Principal
Belgrade Police Department Belgrade Schools Belgrade High School