British teen shot dead in US was trying to rob another man at gunpoint

A British teenager shot dead by a 25-year-old man during a robbery attempt was lawfully killed in self-defence, a United States Grand jury has ruled.

Bend David Mackie, 19, was killed at a house in Lake Jackson, Texas on Friday, August 7.

He was rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds but later died from his injuries, the Daily Record reports.

Authorities ruled Mackie and girlfriend Victoria Mendoza were committing "aggravated robbery" by entering the property as Mackie had a handgun.

The victim of the robbery, a 25-year-old who has not been named, gunned down Mackie in self-defence in his own home, and will not face charges.

At the time of the shooting, Mackie was out on bail and faced drugs and weapons charges.

His former girlfriend, Mendoza, was arrested on Tuesday September 22, and charged with first degree felony aggravated robbery and third degree felony tampering with evidence.

Mackie moved from Inverness to the US with his parents, Colin and Cindy Mackie, 11 years ago.

Uncle, Scott Brown, from Aberdeen, took to social media in August to announce the devastating news to loved ones in the Highlands.

Scott wrote: "It is with unbelievable sadness that I have to announce that my nephew, Ben Mackie was sadly taken from us on Friday, August 7.

"We are all still trying to come to terms with this and my current focus is on all the family and friends who have been affected by this tragic news, especially my sister Cindy and my brother-in-law Colin.

"Their pain must be incalculable and I would respectfully ask those who know them to give them time to grieve. I will miss you more than anyone will ever know. I love you chum, Uncle Scott."

A Lake Jackson Police Department said: "On the date of September 16, 2020, this case was presented to the Brazoria County Grand Jury.

"All evidence and testimony from witnesses and other involved parties was examined.

"It was the ruling of the Brazoria County Grand Jury that the identified 25-year-old male who fatally shot the victim, Ben Mackie, did so out of self-defence and no charges were pursued."

Police sergeant, Roy Welch, added: "The investigation showed that the victim, Ben Mackie and his reported girlfriend, Victoria Mendoza, conspired to orchestrate an aggravated robbery of the 25-year-old male that fatally shot Ben Mackie.

"The investigation revealed that during the commission of that aggravated robbery, Ben Mackie was armed with a handgun and placed the 25-year-old male in imminent fear of bodily injury or death.

"The investigation further revealed that the 25-year-old male was also armed with a handgun and responded to the threat by fatally shooting Ben Mackie.

"Subsequently, evidence showed that Victoria Mendoza actively participated in the aggravated robbery which resulted in the death of Ben Mackie, then intentionally hid/tampered with evidence from the crime scene."

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