Assassination Attempt on Four Pennsylvania OfficersTwo teens launched an assassination attempt on four different officers in the same day. Thankfully, these teens were completely incompetent.
Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman provided this account of the assassination attempt on four police officers in Columbia, PA, according to York Daily Record:
At 3:25 a.m. on Friday, a Columbia Borough police officer responded to call about shots being fired on Bethel Street near Locust Street. Then, he started to take fire.
Next, a West Hempfield Township police officer got there, and felt like he was being attacked. That happened to other first responders, too.
The shots were fired intermittently in bursts until 4:10 a.m.
Four members of law enforcement were shot at: Columbia Borough police Officer Brent Smith; East Hempfield Township police Officer Chad Nagle; and West Hempfield Township police Sgt. Tim Coyle and Officer Michael Murray.
None of the officers were injured.
Officers were able to identify Marquell Rentas, 17, and Trenton Nace, 18 as the suspects. Police took both into custody, and Rentas admitted to shooting a .22 caliber rifle at officers; Nace admitted to handing Rentas bullets and collecting shell casings.
Rentas explicitly told the officers, “I was shooting at you.”
At this point, we can only guess at the motivations behind the actions of these two young men who were trying to murder police officers; but we think we have a pretty good idea why. The Black Lives Matter movement has been spreading the false rhetoric that police officers want to kill black people. This hateful rhetoric has inspired terrorist attacks against law enforcement in both Dallas and Baton Rouge. As long as America allows this false narrative to continue unchecked, we will continue to see an increase in violence on law enforcement.
Thankfully, if not for the incompetence of these shooters, we could be mourning more heroes today.