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.