A 50-year-old Cashton woman was shot in her back and side, allegedly by her son, during a domestic incident in the Village of Cashton during the evening of Sept. 23.
Monroe County officials say the victim, Terri Keepers, was conscious and walking around when they arrived at 617 Chetooka Circle shortly after 6 p.m. Keepers was transported to a hospital and later treated and released.
The male suspect–later identified as Keepers’ son, 23-year-old Cody Kraabel–fled the area prior to arrival of officers, but was located in the Village of Ontario and taken into custody.
Assisting the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office were members of the Cashton Police Department, Cashton First Responders, Tri-State Ambulance, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, and the Monroe County 911 Communications Center.
The Vernon County Broadcaster of Viroqua reported that prosecutors have filed charges of attempted first degree intentional homicide against Kraabel, formerly of Westby and now of Ontario.
He made his initial court appearance in Monroe County Circuit Court Sept. 25. Monroe County Judge Todd Ziegler set bond at $100,000 cash.
The incident remains under joint investigation by the Cashton Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
UPDATE: The La Crosse Tribune is reporting today that Kraabel shot his mother with a .22-caliber rifle because he had to ask permission to use farm equipment and hay for his horses, according to court records.
The criminal complaint says that Kraabel lured Keepers to a barn near her house with a text asking for her help corralling a horse.
After the shooting, he took his rifle to his father’s house in Cashton, left it on his bed, then fled to Ontario.
He will make his next court appearance on Oct. 5.