El­derly woman killed in shootout

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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.

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