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2 Columbia Borough teens to trial for allegedly targeting cops

The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Pa. — Two Pennsylvania teens have been ordered to stand trial on attempted homicide and other charges for firing shots at police in four different locations last month.

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No officers were injured in the shootings when Columbia police estimate 10 to 12 shots were fired at officers in about 40 minutes starting about 3:30 a.m. July 29.

Seventeen-year-old Marquell Rentas and 18-year-old Trenton Nace were ordered to trial after a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Rentas’ mother has told news agencies in a statement that the suspects “are in jail for doing what Black Lives Matter wanted them to do: shoot at cops.”

Detective Matthew Leddy testified that Rentas made several “unsolicited” and derogatory comments about police after the teens were arrested.

The suspects remain in the Lancaster County jail unable to post $2 million bail each.