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Arrests made in William Byrd killing

The Richmond Police Department has arrested two people and identified the man who was shot to death on Sunday.

At approximately 3:40 a.m. on July 21, Richmond Police received a call of a person in medical distress in the William Byrd Apartments located at 2501 W. Broad Street.

Officers arrived within minutes and found Joel S. Heatley, 46, of the 3300 block of Cutshaw Avenue, suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at the scene.

Detectives quickly identified suspects in the crime, for which they believe robbery was the motive between known individuals.

They have arrested Melvin C. Bolling Jr., 42, of the 1900 block of Claiborne Street, and Michael A. Wilson, 47, of the 7700 block of Ardendale Road, and charged both men with conspiracy to commit robbery. Additional charges are expected after consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. Both men are being held without bond.

Detectives still ask anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

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