Warminster Gun Fight Victim Identified
Marie Zienkewicz, 89, was killed in the exchange of gunfire at the Jefferson on the Creek Apartments Tuesday evening.
The investigation continues into who fired the fatal shot that killed the 89-year-old neighbor of a man who allegedly barricaded himself inside his apartment and engaged in a firefight with police Tuesday evening.
Zienkewicz was the downstairs neighbor of Andrew Cairns. Cairns was charged with multiple counts related to the incident, including attempted murder and reckless endangerment, on Wednesday. Bail was set at $10 million.
Warminster Police Chief Michael Murphy said officers were called to Cairns’ apartment Tuesday evening after receiving reports of shots fired. He said when they approached Cairns’ building they came under “heavy fire from the upstairs apartment.” Murphy said officers fired four rounds in return.
According to the arrest affidavit, Cairns is the registered owner of a number of guns, including a .44 magnum, a 12 gauge Winchester, a 9mm firearm and several .22 caliber and several .380 caliber firearms.
The investigation into the incident is being handled by the Bucks County District Attorney’s office.