Police Surround Alleged Gunman in Warminster

Police converged on a Warminster apartment building Tuesday night where a man allegedly exchanged gunfire with police, leaving a 90-year-old dead, according to reports.

UPDATED: 1:50 a.m.

Warminster police are evacuating an apartment complex and nearby residents while a standoff with an alleged gunman continues.

Police were called to the Jefferson on the Creek apartment complex, 675 E. Street Rd., Warminster, for a domestic disturbance at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and "were met with gufire," according to Warminster Police Chief Mike Murphy.

The police and the gunman had a "firefight for a short period of time" before the man barricaded himself and his common law wife inside the apartment, Murphy said. The woman eventually got out of the apartment and is being interviewed by police.

No police officers have been injured so far, Murphy said. "We're settling in for what we feel is going to be a prolonged incident ... it's going to be a cold long night."

The alleged gunman is holed up in an apartment, reportedly with a 12-gauge shotgun. He may have other guns as well, according to emergency radio communications. Those reports have not yet been confirmed.

Residents of the complex initially reported being asked to remain in their homes during the incident. But those trying to get into the complex were unable to return.

The Red Cross set up a reception station at William Tennent High School, where communications director Dave Schrader said those displaced by the standoff could warm up and get a bite to eat.

The incident drew police personnell from miles around. Sirens screamed and lights blazed as police cars and tactical response teams from across Bucks County raced to Warminster in response to the incident, which began around 8 p.m.

Police closed down Street Road at the Davisville Road and at Reeves Lane and rerouted traffic off of Street Road and up Davisville.

The nearby Davisville Shopping Center has been cleared and police have secured the perimeter. 

More than a dozen police units are lined up along Davisville Road, blocking the entrance to the shopping center, which is next to the apartment complex. Police from nearly every Central and Lower Bucks municipality, including Doylestown, Bensalem, Lower Southampton and Upper Southampton, are assisting on the scene.

The Central Bucks County major incident response team, called SWAT by some, drove its Lenco Bearcat to the scene. The Bearcat, which is stored in Doylestown, also was used during a standoff in Doylestown Township on Father's Day with an armed gunman.


This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

aimee February 20, 2013 at 07:46 AM
Suspect is in custody
Ryan1125 February 20, 2013 at 07:53 AM
Does anyone else find it to be an issue that it took the police damn near 8 hours to get one man with a gun when they had swat plus like 30 cops from all over... SWAT... Special weapons and tactics??? 8 hours and a death later way to go warminster PD and friends smfh
kevin gallagher February 20, 2013 at 08:30 AM
God damn. I think you are all morons. #1 comparing warminster to kensington. Really? #2 obviously mental illness is a problem! We have never as a people accepted mental illness as a medical condition as we should! #3 school shootings dont happen in the city! Mass shootings happen in the burbs where kids are white! Shootings in the city involving kids dont happen in schools! Look it up! The batshit crazy kids are raised in nice neighborhoods IN THE BURBS! #4 If your holed up in a house or charge a school with a knife or bat your not going to kill a lot of people! Guns are the problem!
Brittttttttany February 20, 2013 at 08:31 AM
Thank you to all officers, swat, EMS etc. for the work & protection today and tonight. Great job.
kevin gallagher February 20, 2013 at 08:44 AM
I agree. They did a great job! Why it took a long time is because you dont risk an officer or swat member to harm when talking can end it peacefully. Well done law enforcement!
Ryan1125 February 20, 2013 at 08:55 AM
Yeah peacefully with tear gas that my taxes pay for they could've been in and out of there in half the time especially considering there numbers this is not Kensington or north Philly he was one man with one gun in one building against multiple cops and swat members from multiple departments 8 hours is ridiculous and unnecessary
Proud to be an American February 20, 2013 at 09:28 AM
*shows Every neighborhood us just like Kensington or North Philly as this craziness happens everywhere, no neighborhood is exempt. If they would require all boys to go into the service, right out of high school, we would have more real men and a lot of these issues would be eliminated. Great job Officers and I hope no one was hurt or killed, except the subject of course. Save our tax dollars.
The Illuminati February 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Geez...you people watch way too much TV. There was absolutely no reason to breech that residence when the bad guy was the only one inside! SWAT did this by the book and it paid off. He stopped shooting within minutes of the police arriving on scene. So you idiots want the cops to use incindiery devices in an apartment complex!? Yes...flash bangs and "smoke grenades" are incindiery...one of those things goes off by a curtain or on upholstery, you have an inferno. Thank god the police were running this operation and the impatient patch folks weren't! Let the cops do their job...they don't second guess you at yours.
RESQMOM February 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Thankfully the shooter is in custody and kudos to Tom Sofield for doing a great job at covering this story and keeping us informed.
Tom Sofield February 20, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Here is the latest information: http://lowersouthampton.patch.com/articles/elderly-neighbor-killed-by-gunfire-at-warminster-apartment-complex-suspect-surrenders
Thomas Lynch February 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM
exactly, ask Mayor Goode and the State Police about the 2nd "MOVE" standoff........killed a bunch 11 people (5 kids) and leveled a city block with 65 homes......death and hundreds of millions is damage, legal fees, etc. Best remedy for wackos' and radicals is - take your time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOVE
Laurie February 20, 2013 at 12:34 PM
i'd like to know why the first sentence states "leaving a 90 year old dead", and then no mention of it whatsoever in the article???
Pamela February 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM
I'd like to know why the school district sent out an email and didn't use the mass phone system that we paid for..updates will be available on the website. Sorry but most of us didn't even know about this until this morning. Yeah I have time to check the tv, patch, and email everyday before getting ready for work and getting the kids ready for school. JOB WELL DONE DR. CRESSMAN!
Pamela February 20, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Philadelphia "LOVE IT OR MOVE"
C R February 20, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Maybe they didn't feel it was right to mass call people at like 10pm? There would be many people who would not appreciate that as well. Can't please everyone. There's always going to be someone with a complaint. And what would you have done had you known last night? Nothing. Just followed the story like everyone else.
C R February 20, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Kudos to law enforcement for keeping everyone safe & apprehending the shooter! That's what is most important here.
James Kephart Jr. February 20, 2013 at 02:00 PM
The way the warminster police handled themselves with the 16 yr old and the bb gun (I think the riddled the neighborhood with about 50 bullets that day), I am surprised only one person was killed! Good job Warminster Police! When will they have their awards ceremony?
Ryan1125 February 20, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Um someone died because of them "playing it buy the book" shit it was probably a cop who hit her everyone knows warminster cops are quick to pull a gun
JCC February 20, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I agree Mar!
Kathy February 20, 2013 at 03:45 PM
I totally agree. There are too many crazies out there that are not getting help. We do need more mental institutes to treat them. THAT definitley is a problem with our system.
Eric S February 20, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Speaking of a little crazy, stop shouting....we can hear you just fine.
Eric S February 20, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Many years ago housing the mentally ill in such facilities was deemed harmful to the inmates/patients. And to some extent it was, if you do some research you'll see the abuses that came from the situation. But did we lock away the criminals (facility employees) or sweep the issues under the rug? So eventually the horror of mental institutes was replaced with group homes and in many cases private homes. People were given housing help and some mental health coverage. But now we are beginning to see the results. It isn't working. We don't need "massive mental health laws", we need to assure those confined in any mental health facility are not abused and are receiving proper treatment. When abuses occur, treat the abuser for what they are, a criminal who preys on the weak. Make sure the meesage is loud and clear, make the penalty so harsh as to cause anyone to recoil at the notion of engaging in a criminal manner. This concept works for violent criminals too. Make the penalty so terrible the idea of the crime itself is abhorant. No plea deals, no time off, and decades instead of years.
Eric S February 20, 2013 at 04:30 PM
I would think, from your wording and conceptualzation of firearm owners, that YOU don't trust YOU with a weapon. You feel unstable about having a weapon therefore everyone is unstable. You don't trust you therefore no one is to be trusted. You "assure me" eh? Go ahead, assure me, prove my instablity. If it's the guns then I'm going to say it's the cars. So the next drunk should simply blame the car and go on their merry way. It's is exactly what your theory on firearms is saying. "Most people who own them have no business owning them" Really?? Just how many owners do you know? I know hundreds. I'll let them watch my kids before I'd let you or anyone else without a weapon. They can borrow my car, dance with my wife, and stand next to me at the range.
Eric S February 20, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Then explain why before the 1968 gun control laws we had less violence. Explain why states with less gun control have less violent crime than states with strict gun control laws. Look at Camden or Trenton. NJ has notoriously strict laws (like 3 years in prison for a slingshot....seriously, look it up). And both small cities have murders every single day. Now compare them to Harrisburg and Allentown.
Eric S February 20, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Which is why I propose we ban criminals and end all this violence and mayhem. Hey, if it works for guns let's just fix everything with one simple law.
JCC February 21, 2013 at 01:53 AM
You are so right Heidi, I apologize that I didn't see your post sooner. Again, very sorry, that must have been very terrifying.
Pumpkin February 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM
They don't mind calling at 5am.
Chari L Fix February 21, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Eric rest assure the one calling us "idiots" is just that an idiot and for the majority that here at the JOTC, we believe in our rights to own and carry weapons and JCC is nothing more then someone that needs to see their initials on here. I have 5 guns in my home and so do most people here. jCC knows nothing about Andrew or his crazy girlfriend. And yes they are both hostile drunks that caused many issues here. This was not a gun issue this was a drunk crazy couple issue. When JCC gets their facts straight then start paying attention to them but in the mean time maybe they should move to a socialist country since they don't like our constitution or our laws. Let them live somewhere they can be happy with no guns. Mexico sounds like a good place for you JCC. Bet you'd be begging for a gun then. By the way, idiot, be careful of your words when your knowledge is nil
Eric S February 21, 2013 at 04:04 PM
@Cheri......yeah, I'm not too worried about the opinion of JCC, I've seen the lack of thought before. But I'll support his/her right to say it, even if saying it is foolish. Only 5? I hope at least one of them is an EBR.
rosebud February 23, 2013 at 06:46 PM
as usual, the police caused more damage than the actual perpitraitor. This time, they killed an innocent senior citizen. Do you really believe he shot through his floor into the apartment below him? They found bullet damage a half mile away. Sorry folks. The police killed that woman.


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