Eatonton press conference

Assistant District Attorney T. Wright Barksdale (left) and Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills speak at the Thursday, Feb. 6, press conference. 

EATONTON, Ga. - A former Eatonton police officer arrested last week on domestic violence charges has been arrested and charged in the murder of his wife. 

Michael Seth Perrault, 43, was arrested Wednesday, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills confirmed late Wednesday evening. 

His wife, 44-year-old Amanda Pardue Perrault, of 133 Long Island Drive, Eatonton was found dead of a gunshot wound at the couple’s home near Lake Oconee on Monday afternoon.

She was shot once in the head with a .380-caliber handgun, according to Sills, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting, which happened in the couple’s bedroom, stemmed from a domestic argument between Amanda Perrault and her husband, Michael Perrault, then an officer with the Eatonton Police Department, Sills told reporters at his office Tuesday morning.

Sills said Monday that Michael Perrault told him that he witnessed his wife shoot herself.

After the shooting, Michael Perrault telephoned Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence to report what had happened.

The police chief then called Sills to inform him.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. deputies and Detective Lt. Harry Luke and Detective Chris Harper along with Sills arrived on the scene and discovered the victim in the bedroom.

Sills said he later made a telephone call to the GBI office in Milledgeville to request the assistance of their crime scene unit.

Just last week, Perrault, 43, was arrested at his home on misdemeanor charges of simple assault under the Georgia Family Violence Act and cruelty to children in the third degree.

A short time after being taken to the jail, Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence said he placed Perrault on administrative leave without pay, pending the completion of an internal investigation.

Lawrence said he also had reported the incident to the Georgia Peace Officers and Standards Training Council (P.O.S.T.), the state agency that certifies all law enforcement officers.

After his initial arrest, Perrault was taken to the Putnam County Jail and released the following day after he posted $1,500 bail. 

Perrault was terminated at the jail Thursday morning by Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence.

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