2 headed to trial for shooting at police in Columbia

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Two young men jailed for shooting at four Lancaster County police officers are headed to trial on attempted homicide and other charges.

A district judge after a preliminary hearing Thursday found enough evidence against 17-year-old Marquell Rentas and 18-year-old Trenton Nace to send the case to Lancaster County Court.

Authorities say Rentas shot at uniformed officers in marked cars from Columbia, West Hempfield, and East Hempfield Township as the officers responded to a report of shots fired in Columbia during the early hours of July 29.

He allegedly fired a rifle from the Mount Bethel Cemetery and from a front bedroom window of a home in the 100 block of Bethel Street.

Nace admitted he helped Rentas, his cousin, by supplying him with ammunition and recovering the spent shell casings, police said in charging documents.

Columbia Detective Matthew Leddy testified at the hearing that 10 to 12 shots were fired. No one was injured and no officers returned fire.

In court documents, police said Rentas admitted to shooting at the officers, but during the hearing, it was learned that he denied it during a follow-up interview.

Both remain in Lancaster County Prison on $2 million bail.

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