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Police Chief On Administrative Leave During Investigation Of Wife's Shooting

| by Will Hagle

The police chief of Peachtree City, Georgia, has been placed on administrative leave for the duration of the investigation into his wife's shooting. 

According to CBS 46, Peachtree City Police Chief William E. McCollom reported to 911 that he had accidentally shot his wife using his police-issued weapon. The victim of the shooting, Margaret McCollom, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center where she is currently in critical condition. 

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Because the incident involves the city's police chief, its investigation has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. A spokesperson from the GBI has reported that the victim was shot once, not twice as McCollom told the 911 operator. The shooting occurred in the couple's bedroom, and there were no additional witnesses. Other details about the incident have yet to emerge, aside from McCollom's claim that the shots he fired were accidental. 

Although McCollom has been placed on administrative leave by the City Manager of Peachtree City, he was not taken into custody and does not currently face any charges for his involvement in the shooting. The GBI has claimed that McCollom has been cooperative with the investigation thus far. McCollom became Peachtree City Police Chief in October. He joined the department in 2012.

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According to ABC News, Peachtree City Lt. Mark Brown described McCollom as "well-liked, well-loved. "We are concerned for his wife and are concerned for the chief," Brown said.

Sources: CBS 46, ABC News / Photo Credit: ABC News