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MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, Mass. -- A Massachusetts man is under arrest for the stash of guns police found in his possession
Authorities took Gregory Girard, 45, into custody Wednesday afternoon on weapons charges after apparently finding dozens of guns inside his Manchester-by-the-Sea home.
A judge in Salem District Court ordered Girard held for evaluation.
Originally posted by JBA2848
“He made the following statements to her, ‘Don’t talk to people. Shoot them instead. It’s fine to shoot people in the head, because traitors deserve it"
If anybody says that and has a weapon cache collected within the last 9 months in there house with a illegal gun range in the attic I hope the cops arrest him and gives him a psychological evaluation to determine if he is about to go postal or not. Damn his rights. His wife turned him in and gave enough evidence for them to act on.
Originally posted by Nomad451
reply to post by Subjective Truth
EDIT: By the way, I understand that a lot of you are also level headed logical people so if you are one them please do not take offense to my rambling
[edit on 10-2-2010 by Nomad451]
Originally posted by GorehoundLarry
How the hell could you defend this lunatic? 20 weapons used for what? To harm other humans.
Lock this idiot up, thanks.
Originally posted by JBA2848
reply to post by tyranny22
He had a gun range in the attic of a multi family condo. That means his neighbor is on the other side of a couple pieces of drywall. And he was firering rounds off at a armoured plate in his attic/loft with other families near by.
Although I am not too sure about the bullet-proof vests. Are those legally to own as a civilian, or are they police/military use only?
Authorities were tipped off by the suspect’s wife, a Cambridge psychiatrist, who told police that she was afraid to go home. She plans to file a restraining order.
“He made the following statements to her, ‘Don’t talk to people. Shoot them instead. It’s fine to shoot people in the head, because traitors deserve it,'” continued a prosecutor.
Girard rarely left the house, hoarded food and medication and warned those in adjoining apartments not to be alarmed by noises that sounded like gunfire, according to his neighbors.
He had even converted his third-story loft into a firing range, according to police.
Gregory Girard, 46, was arrested Tuesday night after police received a report that he had explosive hand-grenade devices along with a stockpile of weapons and ammunition at his Bridge Street condominium.
"We ran to the window. That's when I saw SWAT teams around the house. I had no idea. It was scary," said Beverly Young, a neighbor.
Young and her son were evacuated while police searched Girard's home.
Police found approximately 20 weapons inside the home and thousands of rounds of ammunition for which Girard was licensed for.
Police also found a large collection of military camouflage clothing, knives, handcuffs, bullet proof vests and helmets, stockpiles of medicine and nonperishable food products throughout the home. An indoor shooting range in the attack was also discovered.
Inside the condo, police found six grenades, 11 rifles, two handguns, two bayonets, two Kevlar vests, two Kevlar helmets, six pairs of handcuffs, two billy clubs, two expandable batons, two flare guns and 17 military containers full of ammunition, which was still being counted, prosecutor Honor Segal told a judge.
They also discovered a shooting range set up in the attic storage area, which was littered with shell casings. Girard said he fires his .22-caliber rifle inside of that loft area and had installed a steel backstop.
Police found numerous other military-style items, including clothing, backpacks, knives, flashlights, batteries and radios through the home, along with large quantities of dried food stored in bags in the loft and the basement, according to a police report.
On Monday, Girard's wife, a psychiatrist, contacted police to express concern about her husband's increasing paranoia and apparent stockpiling of weapons, Segal said.
Kristine Girard told police that while her husband hadn't threatened her, she was afraid to return home after an argument.
She said her husband had recently told her, "Don't talk to people, shoot them instead," and "It's fine to shoot people in the head because traitors deserve it," Segal said, reading from a police report.
The following day, an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent contacted Manchester police about a tip they had received about grenades inside the condo. That tip came from a friend of Girard's wife.
Chief Glenn McKiel revoked Gregory Girard's Class A firearms license, and detectives applied for a search warrant.
Officers from the Cape Ann Response Team, the state police tactical operations team and the ATF set up outside the home and evacuated two other units in the condo.
Beares questioned whether any of the charges will hold up, suggesting that the grenades were actually just legal smoke bombs and that Girard has a right to use his gun inside his home.
He also questioned the authority of the court to hold Girard without bail, arguing that the charges are not among those for which prosecutors can seek a dangerousness finding.
Girard is facing charges of six counts of possessing an infernal machine (how the law refers to bombs and explosives), four counts of possessing a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.
Judge Richard Mori granted Segal's request, ordering Girard held without bail at least until tomorrow's hearing.