- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) - A Burlington police officer has pleaded not guilty to a charge of domestic assault.

Ethan Thibault, 37, has been an officer with the Burlington Police Department since 2001.

The department asked state police to investigate Monday when a woman received a temporary relief from abuse order against Thibault.

The woman told police on Wednesday that Thibault had assaulted her more than once, most recently on Saturday at a home in Hinesburg.

Thibault met voluntarily with detectives and was charged with domestic assault. He posted $750 bail and is due in court Thursday morning. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer. A woman who answered the phone at a number listed in Thibault’s name hung up without comment Thursday morning.



Bruce Bovat, deputy chief of the Burlington Police Department, said Thibault has been placed on administrative leave, which is department policy. In a statement, the department said it will conduct an internal investigation after the state police probe is completed.

Nearly two years ago, Thibault shot and killed a shovel-wielding man with a long history of mental health issues. No criminal charges were filed against him or the other officer involved in the Nov. 6, 2013 shooting of Wayne Brunette in Burlington.

Thibault’s arrest on Wednesday was the second of a Burlington officer this summer. In July, Leanne Werner was charged with drunken driving with death resulting after an off-duty crash claimed the life of a 74-year-old man. She has pleaded not guilty.

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