Police: Armed Man Prepared For 'Armageddon'
Officers Find Tear Gas, Grenades In Massachusetts Home
POSTED: 6:05 am EST February 11, 2010
UPDATED: 1:41 pm EST February 11, 2010
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, Mass. —
A Massachusetts man is in jail facing weapons charges after his wife turned him in to police for having a huge cache of weapons, including rifles, tear gas grenades and explosives, inside his North Shore condominium.
Gregory Girard, 45, of Manchester-by-the-Sea was arrested Tuesday, police said, after he allegedly told officers he was preparing for Armageddon.
He allegedly told his wife, Kristine Girard, a licensed psychiatrist, that he was convinced the end of the world was near.
"He's convinced that martial law is imminent, and that he made the following statements recently to (his wife): 'Don't talk to people. Shoot them instead. It's fine to shoot people in the head, because traitors deserve it," state prosecutor Honor Segal told a judge at Girard's arraignment hearing.
Girard was arraigned in Salem District Court on four counts of possession of an infernal device and four counts of possession of a dangerous weapon and is now facing a dangerousness hearing on Friday.
According to police reports, Girard was engaging in target practice in a makeshift, illegal shooting range in the attic of his 23 Bridge St. condo. He also had a six-month supply of food and prescription drugs, including anti-depressants.
Police said they found about 20 high-powered rifles, shotguns and handguns, and armor-piercing bullets, in the Girard's second-floor condo. The weapons were purchased legally and were registered, but officers said they also found grenades, which are illegal.
Girard's weapons licenses were immediately revoked.
He was described as cooperative when officers arrived to arrest him. Stunned neighbors in the couple's high-end condo complex said the Girards were a nice couple.
"I don't think he was intending to harm anybody … no, I never heard anything," a neighbor said.
Girard has no criminal record. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail at his arraignment.