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ATF offering up to $10k reward for info on Helena firebombing of sheriff's vehicle

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Public help needed in identifying downtown Helena firebombing suspect
Posted at 11:34 AM, Apr 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-13 14:08:59-04

HELENA — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in conjunction with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for firebombing sheriff’s office vehicles and property at the City of Helena Law and Justice Center.

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The incident occurred on Sunday, April 2 around 1:50 a.m. In security camera footage, an individual standing behind a vehicle can be seen throwing a flaming object at a sheriff's vehicle. Graffiti was also found near where the object landed, and vehicles were physically damaged.

The ATF and LCCSO say the item thrown was a “Molotov cocktail” which caused thousands of dollars in damage.

(April 3 interview with Sheriff Leo Dutton)

Attempted firebombing of Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's vehicle

“I don’t think that people in Montana, in Lewis and Clark County, have a stomach for firebombing the Sheriff’s Office,” Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton told MTN on April 3. “I know we wear bullet-resistant vests, I know we take safety precautions, but this ups the violence. This is a participatory event that will lead to much greater violence if we don’t get this cornered.”

Anyone with information about this firebombing should contact ATF at (888) ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477) or the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 447-8235. Information can also be sent to or through ATF’s website at Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by