Friday, March 8, 2013
The Bucks County District Attorney's Office released portions of Deborah Silva's 911 call during the alleged shootout between Andrew Cairns and Warminster Police at the Jefferson on the Creek apartment complex.
Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Deborah Silva was on the phone with a 911 operator during the time the fatal shot was fired that struck and killed her neighbor, 89-year-old Marie Zienkewicz. Heckler said Silva called police that evening to report that her boyfriend, Andrew Cairns, had locked himself in his bedroom and fired two shots from his pistol. According to Heckler, that call turned into a 27 minute conversation between Silva and a 911 dispatcher, with the fatal shot that killed Zienkewicz being fired by police around 17 minutes into the call. "Listening to the tape of that communication, of Ms. Silva who is obviously intoxicated in one way or another, is one of the most maddingly, frustrating experiences I have…
The investigation into the shooting death of 89-year-old Marie Zienkewicz at the Jefferson on the Creek apartment complex found that bullet that killed her was fired from a police rifle.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Bucks County District Attorney says a 'perfect storm of events' led to the tragic police shooting of 89-year-old Marie Zienkewicz.
Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said that the accidental shooting by police of an 89-year-old Warminster woman was partly caused by the the non sequential door-numbering system at the apartment complex where she lived. Heckler said that when Marie Zienkewicz opened her door Feb. 20 to help her neighbor during a shootout at the Jefferson on the Creek Apartments, police believed it was the gunman emerging from his apartment. Heckler said the apartment numbering system utilized by Jefferson on the Creek, coupled with a low-light situation, led police to fire at Zienkewicz in what he called "a tragic mistake." Related Content:
Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler calls the actions by police 'excusable' and says he will not seek to prosecute the officers.
Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said 89-year-old Marie Zienkewicz died being a good neighbor. In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Heckler said Zienkewicz opened her door to help her neighbor during a shootout between police and Andrew Cairns when she was hit by a bullet fired from a police rifle The woman Heckler said Zienkewicz was trying to help, Deborah Silva, was the girlfriend of Cairns. Heckler said Cairns fired at least 19 rounds at officers who were responding to a call from Silva to their apartment at the Jefferson on the Creek complex. LISTEN: to portions of Deborah Silva's 911 calls from the night of the shooting. Heckler said police believed it was Cairns emerging from the apartment when Zienkewicz opened …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Investigators still have not said who fired the fatal bullet that killed Marie Zienkewicz at the Jefferson on the Creek Apartments last Tuesday.
Friends and family gathered at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church Wednesday morning for the Funeral Mass of Marie Zienkewicz. Zienkewicz was killed in the crossfire during analleged firefight between her neighbor and Warminster Police at the Jefferson on the Creek Apartments Tuesday. Still no word on who fired the fatal bullet that killed Zienkewicz. Investigators wrapped up at the apartment complex last Wednesday. They told KYW Newsradio that the results of their investigation would not be available until later this week at the earliest. Zienkewicz’s neighbor, Andrew Cairns, is currently being held at the Bucks County Correctional Facility on bail of 10 million dollars. He faces several charges, including attempted murder and aggravated …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Bucks County Coroner Joseph Campbell said Marie Zienkewicz, 89, was shot 'through and through' and no bullet was recovered from her body.
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…
A stray bullet from Tuesday's standoff at the Jefferson on the Creek Apartments pierced through the second floor of a home across street road, several hundred feet from the apartment complex.
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. Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler identified the woman as Marie Zienkewicz, in an report issued by the Philadelphia Inquirer. 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 …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
One resident of the apartment complex in Warminster where a shootout with police took place Tuesday says it's rare for police to come to the quiet area.
Ashley Smith was on her way home Tuesday night from Newtown, where she works at a hair salon, when her husband, Zach, called and told her that police have blocked the entrances to the Jefferson on the Creek apartments where they live. "I got as far as the 7-Eleven on Davisville and Maple," Smith said. "Zach was in lockdown at the apartment with our dog, and he kept me updated about what was going on." What he described was the major police activity happening right outside their door as township and county tactical forces surrounded one of the units at the apartment complex where police say Andrew Cairns, 49, barricaded himself in his second floor apartment and shot at officers. Were you at Jefferson on the Creek during the standoff? What …
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 …