On Jan. 31, Amanda Perrault told authorities that her husband, an Eatonton Police Department officer, hit and pushed her, Sills told the Lake Oconee News. The officer denied striking his wife. The couple’s 8-year-old daughter reported her parents were fighting, and said she witnessed her father shove her mom out of the entryway of their home.
Deputies on the scene reported seeing red marks on her neck and chest.
“The red marks on her chest are the only physical evidence, but when we have physical evidence, we have to make an arrest,” Sills said.
Last week, Perrault, 43, was released on a $1,500 bond. He has been an Eatonton police officer since 2018, Police Chief Kent Lawrence told the newspaper. Perrault previously worked in law enforcement in the Covington area.
Sills told the media Perrault’s death has not been ruled a suicide. The sheriff sought the help of the GBI office in Milledgeville to get assistance from its crime scene unit.
“I did that for a couple reasons,” Sills said. “One, this is a city police officer and I didn’t want anyone to think that was any inference that there was any kind of special treatment being done because he was a police officer. And very candidly, yes, it is being handled much differently because he is a police officer. It’s being scrutinized far more in that regard. And of course we have the incident of last week where he was arrested and charged with simple battery of his wife.”