Man charged after claiming Sandy Hook shooting was staged

A New York man accused of approaching members of Victoria Soto’s family during a charity event and claiming the shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School was staged is facing charges from Stratford Police.

Matthew Mills, 32, of Brooklyn, New York, was charged Saturday with breach of peace and interfering with an officer.

Police said Mills approached members of Victoria Soto’s family after the Vicki Soto 5K Run/Walk event on Saturday morning and made a statement that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown nearly three years ago was staged and part of a conspiracy.

Police said the comments were upsetting to family members. When officers approached Mills, he attempted to run away through a crowd of people, but was quickly detained and arrested.

Soto, a Stratford native and teacher at Sandy Hook, was among the 26 people who were killed on Dec. 14, 2012 after a gunman went into the school.

Mills posted a $10,000 bond and was released. He is scheduled to appear on Nov. 17 at Bridgeport Superior Court.