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Police: Gun taken in Mackey death investigation not a match

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A possible lead in the death of 7-year-old Brendon Mackey has resulted in another dead end.

Chesterfield police received the lead last month while responding to a domestic situation involving a firearm. The firearm was taken from the home and sent for testing in connection with the case.

However, Chesterfield police said Friday lab results for the latest .40-caliber gun found the weapon is not a match to the one which fired the fatal bullet. Eight firearms have now been tested and none has matched the weapon involved. No others weapons are currently in the lab for testing in the case. No one has ever been taken into custody in the boy's death and Chesterfield police say they never use the term "person of interest," though Mackey's father, Bryan, used the term to describe the new lead.

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

Throughout the investigation, detectives maintained the .40 caliber gun was fired within a one mile radius of Sunday Park, where Mackey was killed.  The gun taken from the home on Breaker Point Road in April is about two miles away.

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.

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 bill was signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe. 

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