The Bozeman Police Department and a federal agency are investigating a man who ran his car into the federal building on Babcock Street Monday afternoon.

Jim Veltkamp, deputy police chief, said it’s unclear whether the man intended to drive into the building or if it was an accident.

“There was a witness and it sounded like it didn’t look like an accident, but we still need to determine that,” Veltkamp said.

The man driving the car was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. His name was not released. The car was impounded. No one else was injured.

Police said the man appeared to park his Subaru Outback in front of the building at about 4:40 p.m. Monday before turning quickly onto the sidewalk and driving into the building’s front door.

As of Tuesday afternoon, no one had been arrested in connection to the incident.

Robert Sperling, Federal Protective Service spokesman, confirmed the agency was investigating but said he couldn’t release any further detail. Sperling said it was too early in the investigation to rule anything out.

The protective service is under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The agency’s job is to respond to and recover from terrorism and criminal acts that threaten the U.S. government, according to the agency’s website.

Richard Stebbins, a spokesman for the U.S. General Service Administration, which manages the federal building, said only the west front door was damaged and he was unsure how much repairs would cost. The building remains open and secure, Stebbins said.

On Tuesday morning, yellow caution tape hung from the sliding doors and signs directed people coming into the building to use the U.S. Post Office entrance to the east. Shards of shattered glass were outside the building at the foot of the doors.

The damaged sliding doors lead to another set of sliding doors and a lobby where federal employees are checked into the building by a security guard.

Freddy Monares can be reached at or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.


Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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