Wife of officer charged with domestic violence found dead

February 5, 2020 GMT

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman whose husband was on leave from the police department because of domestic violence charges was found dead in her home after an argument, authorities said.

Amanda Perrault, 44, was found fatally shot at her home on Monday, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told news outlets. Perrault was shot once in the head, Sills said.

Perrault’s husband Michael Perrault told authorities that he and his wife were arguing when she pulled out a gun and shot herself.

Her death wasn’t immediately ruled a suicide or a homicide.

Michael Perrault was arrested last week and charged with simple battery, family violence and cruelty to children in the third degree. Perrault has been a Eatonton police officer since 2018. He was placed on administrative leave after the arrest.

Perrault told authorities he didn’t hit his wife, but the couple’s 8-year-old daughter said she saw her father shove her mom out of the entryway of the home.

Sills said Amanda Perrault had red marks on her neck and chest.

When authorities arrived at the couple’s home Monday, Sills said Michael Perrault was “very distraught.” Perrault was questioned but not arrested.

Sills said he’s asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to assistance in the case.

Eatonton is about 75 miles (121 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.