Jackrabbit Lane Closures-03/25/21

For Immediate Release:

On March 25, 2021, the Belgrade Police Department will be conducting a follow-up investigation using a digital crime scene scanner, which takes measurements using digital photography. This operation will take place on Jackrabbit Lane, just south of the I-90 overpass. Unfortunately, much of this operation must occur during daylight hours and brief lane closures may occur.
We will attempt to keep traffic open to one lane, at minimum.  It is our hope that any closures will be momentary, as much of the work can be done from the side of the roadway.
Please expect delays, be prepared to merge, and pay close attention to Officers and Investigators while they are working in the area. Thank you for your understanding.

Hoffman Street Incident

For Immediate Release:

At approximately 10:30pm on November 30, 2020, Officers from the Belgrade Police Department responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of North Hoffman Street. Shortly after officers arrived on scene, a male subject opened fire on officers from a second story apartment window.  Thankfully, neither officer was struck by gunfire.  Officers and Deputies from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman Police Department and Montana Highway Patrol responded to assist our officers. A lengthy standoff ensued and the apartment was set on fire by the barricaded subject.  Members of the Special Response Team were able to extinguish much of the fire and the subject was taken into custody without further incident.  Firefighters from the Central Valley Fire District ensured the fire was fully extinguished. Several area residents are/were displaced as a result of these events.

Belgrade Police Detectives are currently investigating the matter.  This will be a time intensive investigation and we ask that citizens please avoid the area until it is complete as there will be road closures in the immediate area.

We wish to thank our public safety partners listed above for all of their assistance in safely resolving this matter.

Detective Sergeant Dustin Lensing

Belgrade Police Department


Update: Belgrade High School Incident

On June 4, 2019, Officers from the Belgrade Police Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol and Manhattan Police Department responded to the Belgrade High School for an incident which was precipitated by a threatening video posted to social media.  Detectives are still actively investigating the matter, however incidents such as these are complex in nature and are very time consuming. Four juvenile students have been charged with Felony Intimidation.  One adult male was arrested and charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence, also a felony.  As this matter is still under investigation, we cannot offer further comment at this time.  Belgrade Police Detectives are still working to identify and contact the victims mentioned and/or tagged in the video and will be in contact with them in the coming days.  Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Belgrade Police Department Detective Division at 406-388-4262. Tips can also be emailed to: generalinfo@belgradepolice.net

Media Contact:

Dustin Lensing, Detective Sergeant

Office: 406-388-4262

Cell: 406-209-0668

Belgrade Police Seeking Assistance in Locating Missing Person

For Immediate Release:

BELGRADE, MT- The Belgrade Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing adult female, JoVonne Marie Justice, 42 years of age.  JoVonne is approximately 5’5″ tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.  She has blue eyes and natural blonde hair, however it is reported that she recently dyed her hair pink/purple. It has been reported that JoVonne was last seen shoveling snow outside of her 9th Street residence between the hours of 2 and 3pm on Friday, March 1, 2019.  Any persons who may have seen JoVonne or have information about her whereabouts are urged to contact the Belgrade Police Department at 406-388-4262.

Detective Sgt. Dustin Lensing

Belgrade Death Investigation

(Belgrade, Mont.) On June, 30, 2018 at approximately 10:00 AM, Belgrade Police Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of 9th Street as it was reported a male subject was trapped under the hood of a vehicle.  Officers responded and located an adult male victim who was pronounced dead at the scene.  This matter is still under investigation pending a report from the Medical Examiner’s Office. The identity of the victim has not yet been released by the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office.  Any further questions can be directed to the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office or Detective Sergeant Dustin Lensing with the Belgrade Police Department (406)388-4262.

Belgrade High School Update


BELGRADE, MONT.- The shelter in place at Belgrade High School has been lifted.  It has been determined that there is no credible threat at this point.  Detectives are continuing to investigate the origin of this report and officers will remain on scene for the peace of mind of students and staff.

Belgrade High School Shelter in Place


BELGRADE, MONT.-On February 22, 2018, several students reported to Belgrade High School Administrators that they had heard rumors about a child possibly bringing a gun to the school. Belgrade High School staff promptly reported this information to the Belgrade Police Department. The Belgrade Police Department and School Administration are taking proactive and precautionary measures, given the recent events in Florida. Several uniformed Officers are stationed at the school and will remain there while detectives are investigating this matter. Classes are on-going however, students will be sheltering in place within their locked classrooms until this investigation is concluded. There is no threat at this time, no reports of violence, and detectives are currently present with and speaking to all parties involved. Belgrade Police Administration is requesting parents do not respond to the school to collect your children without making prior arrangements as the building is locked and you will not be able to gain entry. Anyone with questions or information can contact either the Belgrade Police Department at 388-4262, or the Belgrade High School Administration at 388-6862.

Detective Sergeant Dustin Lensing-Belgrade Police Department

Belgrade Arson-UPDATE



(BELGRADE, Mont.) Please disregard the request to identify/locate the individuals wanted for questioning, as mentioned in our July 20th release.  These persons have been identified.  This case is active and under investigation and no further comment can be made at this time. The Belgrade Police Department wishes to extend its most sincere gratitude to all who assisted us with this matter.  We are fortunate to have such helpful and cooperative citizens in our community.