SPD FIU Investigation Leads to the Recovery of a Large Capacity Ghost Gun from a Suspect outfitted with an Ankle Bracelet on Home Invasion Charges

Springfield, Mass. — On Wednesday March 23rd at approximately 8:15 p.m. members of the Firearms Investigation Unit under the direction of Lt. Brian Beliveau, members of the Emergency Services Unit under the direction of Lt. Joseph Dunn and members of the Metro Unit seized a high capacity Ghost Gun and arrested 29 year old Paul Gayle at his home on the 0-100 block of Wellington Street.

Gayle, who has a prior firearms conviction, was on house arrest and a GPS ankle bracelet as he awaits trial for a home invasion where Gayle and other suspects are accused of torturing and lighting the victim on fire leaving him to die in September 2019 inside a home on Roosevelt Avenue.  The victim suffered fourth degree burns and miraculously survived.

On Wednesday Detectives in the Firearms Investigation Unit applied for and were granted a search warrant for Gayle’s Wellington Street home after receiving information that Gayle was in possession of a firearm.

At approximately 8:10 p.m. members of the Emergency Services Unit executed the search warrant.   Twelve individuals were inside the home, including Gayle.  Detectives then recovered the Ghost Gun loaded which was loaded with 16 rounds ammunition.  Gayle was placed under arrest, the other individuals were released.

Gayle was released on $10,000 bail for the home invasion charges.  That bail was revoked at his arraignment on these new firearms charges Thursday.

29 year old Paul Gayle of Springfield is charged with:

  • Possession of a Firearm without a LTC – Subsequent Offense
  • Improper Storage of a Large Capacity Firearm
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm
  • Possession of Ammunition without a FID Card
  • Arrest Warrant
  • Home Invasion