Police Chief ‘Accidentally’ Shoots Wife, Dials 911


At approximately 4 a.m. on January 1, Police Chief William McCollom, 57, of Peachtree City, Georgia, called 911 and said he had “accidentally” shot his wife.

His wife, 58-year-old Margaret McCollom, is now “fighting for her life” at Atlanta Medical Center.

According to Mail Online, McCollom shot his wife in the couple’s bedroom. No charges are currently pending, and Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said, “We have no leanings one way or the other at this point because we just don’t know.” He said he is waiting for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations to wrap up its investigation into the shooting. A determination about charges will be made based on what the investigation yields.

Peachtree City Police Department’s Mark Brown said, “[McCollom] is very, very well-liked. The department is hurting. We’re very concerned for the wife and the chief. We’re just trying to make sure everything is done correctly as far as the investigation goes.”

McCollom, who has only been chief for two months, is on administrative leave while police conduct the investigation.

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