January 3, 2018 - 2:29 pm - Posted in News

Brandon, South Dakota — Two people from Brandon, South Dakota are under investigation after the Sioux and Lyon County Sheriff’s Offices reported the shooting of at least two unoccupied homes.

According to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, their deputies and the South Dakota Division of Investigation were asked to assist the Brandon Police Department in a weapons violation investigation. Iowa authorities were investigating a drive-by shooting in Lyon and Sioux counties in Iowa.

Authorities say the suspects, 50-year-old Artis Kattenburg and a juvenile male live together near the 1400 block of Lakota Avenue in Brandon. Both suspects were interviewed and authorities believe the juvenile had fired a weapon at the homes in Iowa. On the evening of Friday, December 29th A search warrant was served and multiple weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition were located. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office says that some of the weapons were fully-automatic and several were 50-caliber rifles. The Sioux Falls Police and the Sioux Falls ATF and FBI offices also assisted in the investigation.

We talked to Lyon County Chief Deputy Jerry Birkey, who gives us some details.

Birkey says the shootings are thought to have occurred during the last week of December.

He says then they found out that the shooting of the home in rural Rock Rapids may not have been an isolated incident.

Chief Deputy Birkey says the incident appears to be related to something that happened at a Sioux County church.

Birkey says it is believed that the homes belonged to leaders of some kind in the Rock Valley church. Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Officials say that it is believed that Kattenburg and the juvenile had some sort of falling out with members of the church, and they believe that’s what led to the shootings. Birkey says it’s his understanding that Kattenburg and the juvenile are mother and son.

He says that when they were pretty sure of the suspects’ identities, it was determined to act.

Birkey says that it is likely that both Lyon and Sioux County will be filing charges on both subjects.

Birkey says he’s glad the agencies were able to work together in this case.

He says the case remains under investigation.

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