1 Dead, 1 In Custody After Standoff Ends In Bucks County - KMSP-TV

1 Dead, 1 In Custody After Standoff Ends In Bucks County

Posted: Updated:
WARMINSTER, Pa. -

An elderly woman is dead after being caught in the crossfire during a seven-hour standoff between a man and police in Bucks County.

FOX 29's Dawn Timmeney reported live Wednesday morning from the scene where it all happened.

An elderly woman is dead after being caught in the crossfire during a seven-hour standoff between a man and police in Bucks County.

FOX 29 cameras were rolling as the suspect was taken into custody overnight.

Police were initially called to the 2000 building of the Jefferson on the Creek Apartment Complex on the 600 block of East Street Road in Warminster for a domestic disturbance, and the incident was referred to a domestic violence case worker.

At approximately 7:40 p.m., a second call was made 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 the upstairs apartment. Officers returned fire," police said in a news release.

During the exchange, a 90-year-old woman – the downstairs neighbor of the suspected gunman – was struck by gunfire and died of her wounds at the scene.

Police negotiators were able to talk the suspected gunman out around 2:30 a.m. He has been identified as 49-year-old Andrew Cairns.

Police are not yet publicly identifying the deceased victim.

"The Warminster Police Department wishes to express our deepest sympathies to the family of deceased victim," police said in the news release. "Although we have notified the victim's family she has not been positively identified by the coroner's office therefore we will not release her name at this time."

Investigators aren't yet saying whether she was struck by police bullets or those fired by suspect. The Bucks County District Attorney's Office is handling the investigation.

Cairns is being held on aggravated assault charges at this time, but police said they anticipate additional charges will be filed. He's being arraigned at 11:45 a.m. in magisterial district court in Warminster.

During the barricade standoff, many people in the area were being told to stay inside their homes. The American Red Cross had also set up a center at William Tennent High School for anyone displaced by the situation. Those residents were allowed to return Wednesday morning.

FOX 29's Dawn Timmeney has more details in the video report above.

  • David Kinchen ReportsMore>>

  • Shoppers Get Sneak Peak Of New Target Store In King Of Prussia

    Shoppers Get Sneak Peak Of New Target Store In King Of Prussia

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:58:18 GMT
    Shoppers got a sneak peak of the mega Target store located by the King of Prussia mall on Tuesday.
    Shoppers got a sneak peak of the mega Target store located by the King of Prussia mall on Tuesday.
  • Ya Gotta Try This Tasting

    Ya Gotta Try This Tasting

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:34:59 GMT
    Join FOX 29's Mike Jerrick and the Good Day Philadelphia team for a tasty night of yummy treats benefiting local youth.You've all seen Mike's weekly "Ya Gotta Try This" segments on Good Day Philadelphia, where he visits local restaurants and eating establishments to try their signature, and sometimes, unusual, dishes. Now you have the chance to do the same at the "Ya Gotta Try This" Tasting, Thursday, October 2nd, 6:30 to 9:30, at the Independence Visitor Center, One North Independence Mall W...
    Join FOX 29's Mike Jerrick and the Good Day Philadelphia team for a tasty night of yummy treats benefiting local youth.You've all seen Mike's weekly "Ya Gotta Try This" segments on Good Day Philadelphia, where he visits local restaurants and eating establishments to try their signature, and sometimes, unusual, dishes. Now you have the chance to do the same at the "Ya Gotta Try This" Tasting, Thursday, October 2nd, 6:30 to 9:30, at the Independence Visitor Center, One North Independence Mall W...
  • Two Masked Men Steal Over $180,000 From Caesars Casino

    Two Masked Men Steal Over $180,000 From Caesars Casino

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:33 AM EDT2014-07-22 04:33:01 GMT
    Authorities say two men stole $181,200.00 from Caesars Casino in Atlantic City early Monday morning.
    Authorities say two men stole $181,200.00 from Caesars Casino in Atlantic City early Monday morning.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • 1 Female Employee Dead, Multiple People Injured From Shooting At Darby Wellness Center

    1 Female Employee Dead, Multiple People Injured From Shooting At Darby Wellness Center

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:15 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:15:10 GMT
    We are following breaking news in Darby, Pa. where one person is dead and multiple people are injured from a shooting at a Wellness Center.
    We are following breaking news in Darby, Pa. where one person is dead and multiple people are injured from a shooting at a Wellness Center.

  • Arrest Made In Fatal Camden Hit And Run

    Arrest Made In Fatal Camden Hit And Run

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-07-24 15:45:20 GMT
    Surveillance Footage: Camden County Police DepartmentSurveillance Footage: Camden County Police Department

    According to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office Facebook page an arrest has been made in the fatal hit and Run that took place Saturday night.

    According to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office Facebook page an arrest has been made in the fatal hit and Run that took place Saturday night.

  • CLOUDS TO SUN THURSDAY

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-07-24 13:52:31 GMT

    Thursday, early clouds will lead to afternoon sun as highs today remain in the mid 80s. 

    Thursday: H-85 L-72

    Thursday, early clouds will lead to afternoon sun as highs remain in the mid 80s. We stay dry Friday with lower humidity and sunny skies. We warm back up near 90 for the weekend with unsettled weather returning by late Saturday.

    Thursday: H-85 L-72

    Friday: H-86 L-65

    This Weekend

    Saturday: H-88 L-64

    Sunday: H-91 L-73

Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices