Peachtree City Police(Photo: WXIA)

The GBI is investigating a predawn shooting Thursday that critically wounded the wife of Peachtree City’s police chief.

Officers were called to Chief William McCollom’s home on Autumn Leaf shortly after 4 a.m., according to Peachtree City police Lt. Mark Brown.

McCollom called 911 at 4:16 a.m., saying he had accidentally shot his wife twice, GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang told Channel 2 Action News. Margaret McCollom, 58, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center and is in critical condition, according to Brown.

No charges have been filed and a news conference is scheduled at 2 p.m. at the Peachtree City Police Department, Brown said in an email release. Peachtree Police, the GBI and the Fayette County District Attorney will participate in the news conference.

“The investigation into this incident has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation due to the husband of the victim being the Peachtree City Chief of Police,” Brown said.

Police have not said what led to the shooting, but the town’s city manager has placed McCollom on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation and an internal review, according to Brown, who referred questions on the incident to the GBI and the Fayette County District Attorney’s office.

McCollom, who joined the department in 2012, became Peachtree City’s police chief in October after serving since July as interim chief.


Peachtree City police chief shoots wife.

By Alan Wood

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