The who prosecutors say opened fire on police in Warminster Township last month is being charged for the death of his neighbor, even though the fatal bullet came from the gun of an officer. NBC10's Daralene Jones reports
The shot that killed an innocent bystander during a standoff in Bucks County last month came from an police officer's gun. But the man accused of starting the chain of events that led to police opening fire will be charged with her murder.
The ballistics test results were revealed today by investigators.
89-year-old Marie Zienkewicz was killed on February 19 during a shootout between Warminster police and her neighbor, Andrew G. Cairns.
Cairns and the victim both lived at the Jefferson on the Creek apartments.
Police came out to the complex after they received reports that Cairns was going to kill himself. Cairns fired at the officers and they fired back.
"I was very, very scared when I saw this mirror, completely cracked," another neighbor, Doreen Gorman said when the standoff happened.
The two hung up and when Zeinkewicz's daughter called back later to check on her mom, there was no answer. Her mother had been shot in the chest as she was looking out her door, according to prosecutors.
Cairns, 49, surrendered to police. He is charged with homicide, attempted homicide, assaulting a police officer, eight counts of aggravated assault, nine counts of recklessly endangering another person and related offenses.