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Person of interest in custody for Brendon Mackey death

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Chesterfield Police will have a press briefing at 10 a.m. Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Brendon Mackey case.

A person of interest is now in custody in connection with the shooting death of the 7-year-old, according to Mackey's father.

Mackey was struck in the head by a random bullet while on his way to watch fireworks in Brandermill back on July 4, 2013.

Mackey's father confirmed a person of interest was in custody late Thursday. According to Bryan Mackey, a gun belonging to that individual is currently being tested. Those test results are expected within the next week.

Throughout the investigation, detectives maintained the .40 caliber gun was fired within a one mile radius near The Boathouse restaurant where Mackey was killed.

In August 2013, Chesterfield Police concluded a series of canvas efforts attempting to locate the gun, and individual, that fired the fatal shot. Hundreds of officers knocked on doors looking for leads. Seven guns were turned in, but none proved to be matches.

In September, shell casings were discovered in Brandermill and were investigated, but ultimately had no connection to the shooting. By December, authorities stated they'd exhausted all leads in the search.

A bill sponsored by Senator Henry Marsh made its way through the General Assembly in January. The bill, known as Brendon's Law, increases the punishment for celebratory gunfire to between 5 to 40 years in prison. The Roanoke Times, citing a report by the Richmond-Times Dispatch, reported late Thursday night the bill had been signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe. 

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