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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Georgia Police Chief Called 911 To Report That He Accidentally Shot Is Wife On New Years Eve


A Georgia police chief who bizarrely called 911 to report that he'd 'accidentally' shot his wife 'twice' on at 4 am on New Years Eve is placed on administrative leave as an investigation reveals he shot her just once.

At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Peachtree City, Georgia authorities identified the shooter as local Police Chief William McCollom, 57, and the victim as his 58-year-old wife Margaret who is now fighting for her life.

As of now police have not announced as to whether or not they suspect the police chief of criminal activity but have said he is fully cooperating with law enforcement.

It was initially reported that the chief shot her two times, according to the 911 recording, but authorities now say she was shot just once.

Margaret was flown by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center, where she was still listed in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is taking over the case, and will file a report on the shooting to the District Attorney's office which will decide whether to press charges.

GBI Director Sherry Lang said the police chief is being fully cooperative with the investigation.

Meanwhile, McCollom has since been placed on paid administrative leave by the City Manager, pending an internal review. Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said  McCollom has not been arrested or charged with any crime.

He had only officially been in the position for two months, but took over as interim police chief in July when the previous chief stepped down