2 arrested after claiming Sutherland Springs church shooting was fiction

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Two people have been arrested after appearing at the Texas church where more than two-dozen worshippers were gunned down and claiming the attack was staged.

The pastor of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, southeast of San Antonio, told the San Antonio Express-News that the pair appeared Monday and claimed the shooting was fabricated by the U.S. government.

The newspaper identified them as Robert Ussery, 54, and Jodi Mann, 56. Mann has been an occasional visitor to the Daily Record office, most recently after the hot air balloon crash between Maxwell and Lockhart on July 30, 2016 that killed pilot Alfred Nichols and 15 passengers. She arrived with pamphlets and stickers claiming not only that crash, but the Dec. 14, 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and others were bogus, the result of a “government conspiracy.”

Pastor Frank Pomeroy, whose 14-year-old daughter died in the Nov. 5 shooting, says they claimed his daughter never existed and demanded to see her birth certificate.

Authorities say the church attacker died from a selfinflicted gunshot wound after being shot and chased by two residents when he was leaving the church.

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