ATLANTA — The wife of a Georgia police chief says she was asleep when her husband shot her in bed, and that she believes it was an accident.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that Margaret McCollom told investigators Monday that she could provide no information about the shooting but said she believes it was not intentional.
Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom called for help at 4:17 a.m. New Year's Day, telling the dispatcher he had accidentally shot his sleeping wife in their bed. Authorities said the shot was fired from the chief's 9 mm Glock handgun, his service weapon.
Margaret McCollom was being treated at Atlanta Medical Center. A spokeswoman said Monday that her condition had been upgraded from critical to fair.
Peachtree City officials placed William McCollom on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. He hadn't been charged as of late Monday morning, Lang said.
In the 911 call, McCollom said he and his wife were both asleep when the shooting happened. He also said he was moving the gun before it fired.
"The gun was in the bed, I went to move it, and I put it to a side and it went off," McCollom said in a recording of the emergency call.
Near the end of the call, the dispatcher asked the chief whether he was also sleeping when it happened. He responded that he was.
Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard said the 911 recording is just one piece of evidence and that investigators are digging deeper to try and determine how the shooting occurred.
Before being hired in Peachtree City in 2012, McCollom worked for more than two decades in the Delray Beach, Florida, Police Department. He then became police chief in Tequesta, Florida.
William and Margaret McCollom divorced in 1999 before getting back together, court records show.