During a news conference on April 4, police officials said they do not have a person of interest in custody, despite reports from other news outlets claiming they did.
Mackey was struck and killed by a stray bullet while walking to a fireworks show with his father in Brandermill on July 4, 2013. Ever since his death, detectives have exhausted all resources trying to track down the child’s killer. Police spent weeks canvassing thousands of homes, and testing guns and bullet casings found in the area where Brendon died.
Chesterfield Police said that while there is no one in custody at this time, they are following up on a new lead. Police arrested a Chesterfield man in a domestic incident last week. That suspect owns a .40-caliber gun; Mackey was killed with a .40-caliber round. Chesterfield Police have tested seven other firearms in the case, and say the man involved in last week’s domestic incident lives outside the radius of where they think the fatal shot was fired.
This news comes on the heels of Gov. Terry McAuliffe signing a bill that would bring stricter penalties for celebratory gunfire in Virginia.
The Mackey family supports “Brendon’s Law,” which will make it a Class 6 felony for wounding a person with celebratory gunfire, a crime that could send someone to prison for up to five years. Virginia lawmakers approved the legislation last month and sent it off to Gov. McAuliffe, who signed the bill into law on Thursday.
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