The Bucks County Coroner’s Office has completed the autopsy of the elderly neighbor killed in the crossfire during Tuesday’s shootout at the Jefferson on the Creek apartment complex.
According to Coroner Joseph Campbell, Marie Zienkewicz, 89, was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest. He said the bullet entered Zienkewicz’s back through her right shoulder blade and exited through the left side of her chest.
“She was shot through and through,” he said Friday afternoon. “We did not recover a projectile.”
Zienkewicz was killed during a shootout when Andrew Cairns alegedly opened fire on Warminster police, who were responding to a domestic call at his apartment Tuesday. The police returned fire before Cairns barricaded himself inside his apartment. Zienkewicz was the downstairs neighbor of Cairns.
Campbell said he could not confirm reports that Zienkewicz was found in a pool of blood, as his deputy did not go out to the scene during the time of the incident.
“At that point in the situation it was not a very safe environment [for us to enter],” he said.
Citing that his office was not on scene at the time, Campbell said he could not make any determination as to how long Zienkewicz may have been on the ground.
“She was removed from the scene by medics and pronounced [dead] in the ambulance,” he said. “She was then transported directly to our facility."
Campbell said the autopsy was completed Thursday and Zienkewicz’s body has been released to her family.
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