Shelton Police Make Assault Weapon Arrest

Shelton police charged a 58-year-old local man with possession of a banned assault weapon after finding a rifle made in China that several features had been added to, police said.

Police said they found the Norinco brand AK-47 while investigating a domestic dispute at a Shelton Road residence on Jan. 11.

Because of threats made at the house, police went into the home that night and removed all of Michael Soda’s weapons, police said. Police said there had been ongoing domestic issues at the house.

As investigators went through the weapons, they determined that one of the rifles -- a Norinco brand AK-47 in 7.62 x 39 mm assault rifle made in China – was a banned assault rifle because of several features added to it. 

Soda surrendered at police headquarters on Thursday after learning a warrant was issued charging him with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of illegal possession of an assault weapon. 

He posted a court-set $5,000 and will be arraigned in Derby Superior Court today.

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