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 Warminster court room.

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