Police Chief Shoots Wife While She’s Sleeping, She Claims It Was an Accident

Margaret McCollom was shot by her husband, Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom, on New Year’s Day while she was sleeping. Now hospitalized, the Georgia woman spoke about the incident on Monday for the first time with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the department investigating the incident.

She told authorities that she was sleeping when she was shot and could provide no further information, though she claims she believes the shooting was an accident, according to CBS46. Since the incident, her condition has been upgraded from serious to fair condition.

Chief McCollom has not spoken to wife since shooting.

According to Sherry Lang, a spokeswoman for the GBI, on the night of the shooting it was McCollom who called 911 to report that he had accidentally shot his wife.

“The initial reports that we got from the 911 call were that the chief had shot his wife accidentally twice,” said Lang. “As a result of our preliminary interview, we have found that he only shot her one time.”

Since the shooting, members of the community have been holding candlelight vigils for Mrs. McCollom. Her husband is currently at the center of the investigation into the shooting by the GBI, and has been placed on administrative leave while experts examine the evidence.