Police officers escort suspect Andrew Cairns into Warminster Police headquarters in Bucks County, Pennsylvania early Wednesday morning. Police say that they negotiated his surrender following an armed standoff and an exchange of gunfire during which a neighbor was shot and killed.
According to police, they responded to the suspect’s residence for a domestic call in the Jefferson on the Creek apartment complex on East Street Road Tuesday afternoon — and were called back again in the evening for reported gunfire.
Police said that officers were met with more gun shots when they arrived and that they returned fire. A 90-year-old woman who lived in a downstairs apartment was killed, apparently in the crossfire, but authorities were withholding her identity until they could notify relatives.
The suspect barricaded himself inside his home, according to police, until they talked him out in the early morning hours. He was charged with aggravated assault but is expected to face more charges in court later today.
Nearby apartments were evacuated during the incident and the rest of the complex was locked down by police.
Dozens of neighbors were sheltered in a local high school but were allowed to return to their homes after the situation was brought under control.