Teenage boys charged with shooting passing cars in Sparks, including unmarked cop car

Two teenage boys have been charged as adults after police said they opened fire last month on passing cars in northern Baltimore County, even shooting the unmarked car of an officer who was searching for them.

Tyler James Getz, 18, of Sparks, and Timothy Allen Staples, 17, of Manchester, were both indicted on charges, including assault, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property. Online court records did not list their attorneys.

Police were called last month to Phoenix Road, where a woman said her rear passenger window was struck. She found a bullet hole, police said. Officers canvassed for the shooter with search dogs and SWAT units. At least five cars were hit by gunfire within one hour, police said, including the unmarked police car.

The shooter escaped, but police said an investigation led them to Getz, of the unit block of Loveton Farms Ct., and Staples, of the 19000 block of Gunpowder Rd. The gunfire came from a field near Phoenix Road, police said.

Both teens have been released on $10,000 bond. Getz is scheduled to appear Oct. 10 in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Online court records did not list an initial hearing for Staples.

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