Man Accused of Shooting at Police Held on $10 Million Bail

Andrew Cairns pleads innocent to charges of attempted murder after police say he engaged them in a firefight Tuesday evening.

Andrew Cairns was brought to a Warminster courtroom Wednesday afternoon for a preliminary arraignment on multiple charges stemming from an alleged shootout he had with Police Tuesday.

Police said Cairns’ 90-year-old neighbor was killed in the exchange of gunfire. 

Bucks County Assistant District Attorney Matt Weintraub said Cairns knowingly risked the life of up to six police officers when he shot at them, attempting to kill them Tuesday evening. 

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.

He told the court he has lived in apartment 2004 at the Jefferson on the Creek complex for the past six years and has only had one minor arrest that was previously dismissed.

When asked if he was addicted to any substances, he said he currently takes painkillers prescribed for pancreatitis.

Cairns said he was "self-employed in homeland security" and asked to be released on his own recognizance.

“I don’t think that is going to happen today,” said Finello, before sentencing him to jail on $10 million bail. 

Finello also forbid Cairns from having any contact with residents of Jefferson on the Creek Apartments.

Upon hearing the sentence, Cairns let out what sounded like an exasperated sigh and began quietly sobbing.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively set for Thursday, Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. in Finello’s court room.

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Robin February 21, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Sean just curious how you think a privatized police department would have handled being shot at? Just a question. Although it sounds like you have had a very bad experience with the police I don't think you can paint all police with a broad stroke. There are many fine officers out there that put their lives on the line everyday and se things everyday that the average Joe wouldn't want to see. They also go into homes that you need hazmat suits to go into and have to act as if its normal to see kids crawling around in filth. They have drunks throw up on them spit on them and have to remain calm in that situation. What would your reaction to that be? They show up to car accidents where babies die in their car seats and the mom has to be extricated from the front seat the whole time asking how her baby is. These thing affect people no matter if you are a public employee or a private employee. I give them a lot of credit. Again I'm sorry if you have had a bad experience with the police, but I for one am glad they are there for all of us.
Cory Sullivan February 21, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Robin, ..........they WILLING SIGN UP for that job......so.....Negative. There are many good police officers, but Warminster township is full of corrput, scumbags that need shift and unruly justice. "WE THE PEOPLE!" Warminster Township 3/31/2006 MURDER COVER UP!!
Nick Diaczenko February 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Robin, high five for pointing out the obvious... Thank you for responding to Cory S. I've never once posted a comment on here but was furious after reading Cory's ignorant comment. Officers don't need any more enemies on the streets....I'll never understand how people feel as though it is their job/hobby to place judgement on another's behavior/actions. Definately not on our list of human duties. Cory should've listened to his/her Grandmother about throwing stones at glass houses...
Tired of Hypocrisy February 25, 2013 at 09:12 AM
Robin, Mr. Sullivan lost a family member and has blamed and continues to blame, the Warminster P.D. His family has run the Department through every Court and the results were all the same, 'Not Guilty'. There are articles and Court Transcripts (including the 'Eye Witnesses' accounts) on the internet about the incident. His family member lied to police about his identity when he was brought in for suspicion of robbery (I think but not positive). Police went to their home to either arrest or talk to the person's mother about the ID falsehood (she was aware the young man had used another family members name and yet did nothing). At the time, the young man was in the house, something caused him to go out the rear window of the home and the police believed he was armed with a gun (turned out to be a BB gun), the young man continued to run when asked continuously to stop, finally shots were fired when the police believed he reached into his waistband for the 'weapon'. The events of that day can never be changed, but one must remember, the young man started the entire incident, not the PD. One should never flee from the police. One usually does not flee from police unless they are guilty. Innocent people have nothing to fear in most cases. Sadly, Mr. Sullivan's family member is no longer with them and grieving the loss is obviously proving difficult for them. With no disrespect to the family, perhaps there is a need for professional assistance in the grieving process.
michael barrett February 28, 2013 at 11:41 PM
@Tired Of Hypocrisy, even if someone is guilty and running from the police, that in no way justifies or vindicates a reckless officer or officers who brazenly fire at that person when there is no imminent threat. Especially not over fifty shots at a man who is running away from them. Police officers are entrusted with a great responsibility to protect us all. They are trained to deal with pressurized, dangerous situations and expected to utilize sound judgement if such an incident arises. They blew it and took a man away from his family, forever. The distinction of guilt or innocence is irrelevant, they killed a man who shouldn't have died and certainly didn't deserve to.


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