Boston police officer arrested after bombs and explosives found inside home

A Boston police officer was arrested and charged after his wife called police to report that she found military-grade explosives, grenades, and ammunition in their home.

Police Officer Kirk D. Merricks, 43, is now facing 11 counts of
possession of an explosive device, four counts of obtaining
stolen property and one count of illegal possession of
ammunition. A bomb squad was called in to remove the explosives
from the residence on the night of July 11. 

“We requested the assistance of the Mass State Police Bomb
Squad, as well as the [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives], and we sought a search warrant after we secured
those devices that we did locate–some were in the house and some
were in a shed in the backyard,”
Plymouth Chief Michael
Botieri told WATV.

A police report states that Merricks’ wife and son discovered the
explosives when they were going through the officer’s belongings.
After calling Plymouth police around 3 p.m.
Thursday
, the officer’s wife led them to a shed containing
military-grade explosives. A metal box contained four explosive
sticks wrapped in military-style cloth and marked as ”TNT”. 

A black briefcase contained four 40 mm grenades that are normally
used with an M203 grenade launcher — a device that the US
military introduced in the early 1970s. M203 grenade launchers
are categorized as “Destructive Devices” under the National
Firearms Act and are rarely available on the civilian weapons
market.

Officers also found a detonation cord, blasting caps, and
military-grade ammunition.

Chief Botieri told reporters that investigators believe the items
were stolen, since they are generally not available for civilian
purchase. Although Merricks is licensed to carry firearms, none
of the explosives or military-grade ammunition were issued to him
by police. 

“They are obviously not anything that civilians should
possess,
” Botieri told the Boston Globe. “We believe it’s
all stolen. It’s not something you can go out and buy without the
correct permits.”

Merricks was on duty while his home was being searched, and was
arrested shortly thereafter. He has been placed on paid
administrative leave and stripped of his handgun and badge.

After pleading not guilty to his charges on Friday
morning, he was freed on $1,000 bail.

Botieri is a 14-year veteran of the Boston Police Department who
previously served with the Marine Corps during Desert Storm.
Police were called to his home during a domestic dispute last
month. Merricks’ wife says the couple separated on
June 4, when she filed a restraining order against
him, accusing him of verbal abuse.

Eric Goldman, the attorney representing Merrick, said his client
had not been living in the house for three months, and suggested
that the “contentious” divorce proceedings may have something to
do with the woman’s call to police.  

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Republished with permission from: RT