Elderly woman killed in shootout
On Tuesday at approximately 4 p.m. Warminster Township police RIfiFHrV rHVSRnGHG WR D GRPHVWLF disturbance in the 2000 building of the Jefferson on the Creek apartment complex on East Street Road, near Davisville road, according to Warminster police.
The residents involved were referred to a domestic violence case worker.
At approximately 7:40 p.m. a second call was received by police reporting shots fired at the same residence.
The responding officers were met by detectives who were in the complex on a non-related investigation and who responded to the area after hearing the gunfire. As they approached the 2000 building, the officers came under heavy fire from an upstairs apartment. Officers then returned fire.
During the course of the exchange of gun fire the downstairs neighbor of the gunman, a 90-year-old female, was struck by gun fire and died of her wounds at the scene.
The gunman subsequently barricaded himself in the apartment initiating a protracted police response. After establishing contact with the gunman he surrendered at 2:30 a.m. He is identified as Andrew Graham Cairns, 49, a resident of Jefferson on the Creek in Warminster. Cairns pled not guilty to District Justice Daniel Finello on charges of attempted murder, assault of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, multiple counts of recklessly endangering another person and other related offenses and is being held on $10 million bail.
A tentative preliminary hearing is scheduled Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. in Finello’s court.
The investigation into the incident is being handled by the Bucks County DA’s office and the Warminster Police Department is cooperating fully in the investigation.