A 50-year-old woman and a teenage boy from Brandon have been arrested in connection to two drive-by shootings in Iowa.
According to Brandon Police Chief David Kull, two homes in Iowa were targeted by a shooter on Sunday, December 17 and Sunday, December 24. In both cases, no one was home at the time. Investigators in Iowa received information that signaled the suspects lived in South Dakota and relayed the evidence to a Brandon Police officer.
After meeting with local, state and federal authorities, an arrest warrant was issued for Artis Kattenberg and she was interviewed by investigators along with the teenage boy. He is believed to have fired the weapon in both shootings, Capt. Jason Gearman with the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office said.
Kull said that members of a church from Rock Valley, Iowa, live at both homes. The shootings are believed to be retaliation from an incident that happened between Kattenberg, the teenager and church members.
On Friday, Dec. 29, a search warrant was issued for Kattenberg's home in the 1400 block of Lakota Avenue in Brandon. Inside, Kull said detectives recovered about 80 guns ranging from .22 rifles to fully automatic .50-caliber tactical rifles, along with ballistic armor and shields.
"We found multiple weapons up to .50-caliber rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition," Gearman said. "Some tactical vests that were probably better than what most police departments have."
Gearman explained that the basement of Kattenberg's home was fortified. She and the teenage boy were taken into custody without incident.
"Luckily, we were able to lure them out for an investigation, to get them down to the sheriff's office and take into custody that way," Gearman said.
Both Kull and Gearman also made note of comments made by Kattenberg during the investigation about the government and raised concerns about her mental health.
"We felt this was a dangerous situation that was going to progress fairly quickly," Gearman said. "Something was going to happen eventually, so we acted on this."
Kattenberg is currently charged with child abuse, but the investigation is ongoing. The teenage boy's identity was not revealed by authorities on Wednesday, but court papers identify him as Kattenberg's son.
The FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation are among the agencies assisting local and county authorities with the investigation. Photos Courtesy Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office
© 2018 KELOLAND TV. All Rights Reserved. This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Artis Kattenberg is under investigation for two drive-by shootings in Iowa. Her name was misspelled in a previous version of this story.