Plymouth: Boston police officer charged after estranged wife finds explosives

Boston police officer Kirk Merricks has been arrested and charged with possession of explosive devices after a search of his former Plymouth home Thursday afternoon.

Merricks had moved out of 6 Paddington Way a few weeks ago following a fight with his wife, according to Plymouth police.

Chief Michael Botieri said Merrick’s estranged wife found the explosives and called police just after 2p.m., “We requested the assistance of the Mass State Police Bomb Squad, as well as the ATF, 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.”

Botieri calls the explosives “military grade ordnances.”

Merricks is charged with 11 counts of possession of explosive devices, four counts of receiving stolen property, and one count of possession of ammunition.

A spokesperson for the Boston Police Department told WATD that Merricks will be on paid adminstrative leave while an internal investigation takes place.

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Steve comes to the South Shore by way of the Jersey Shore. Upon arriving at Emerson College in Boston back in 2010, and eventual graduation in 2014, Steve was immediately attracted to radio as an outlet for his reporting. Previous stops before the South Shore include WOBM on the Jersey Shore, WCCM in the Merrimack Valley, an internship at CBS Radio News' flagship station, WCBS 880 in New York City, and a few formative years at Emerson's WERS.