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Teens charged after using ‘sniper rifle’ to shoot at officers in failed ambush attempt

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Trenton Michael Nace, 18 and Marquell Robert Rentas, 17.
Trenton Michael Nace, 18 and Marquell Robert Rentas, 17.


In a story largely brushed under the rug, two Pennsylvania teens are in custody after they used a scoped “sniper rifle” in an attempt to shoot police officers last Friday.

“By the grace of God, we are not having a press conference today about multiple homicides, multiple deaths of police officers,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said Saturday in Columbia Borough Council chambers.

“The focus was to kill police officers,” he said. “The last couple of days in Lancaster County are some of the darkest days we’ve had in our justice system, for our police officers, that I can recall.”

According to Bearing Arms, the two teens -17-year-old Marquell Robert Rentas and 18-year-old Trenton Michael Nace of Columbia, PA- were arraigned Saturday morning on attempted homicide of a law-enforcement officer, aggravated assault, assault of a law-enforcement officer, as well as a slew of conspiracy counts on each crime.

“We have two young men who are charged with attempting to kill multiple police officers in the line of duty,” Stedman said.

The DA would go on to call the attack “senseless” and “chilling.”

Rentas admitted to shooting at the officers with intent to kill them- however, his poor marksmanship abilities prevented any fatalities from taking place.

Both individuals are facing possible life in prison and will be tried as adults. Their bail was set at $2 million each.

 

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