911: Police chief said he accidentally shot wife

Peachtree City police Chief William McCollom is accused of shooting his wife twice (CNN)

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) — Investigators say a police chief in Georgia reported accidentally shooting his wife early New Year’s Day.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang says Peachtree City police Chief William McCollom called 911 around 4:15 a.m. Thursday and reported that he accidentally shot his wife.

Margaret McCollom was flown to a hospital.

Lang said she could not discuss the circumstances of the shooting because of the ongoing investigation. No charges were immediately filed. Authorities were planning a 2 p.m. news conference.

Peachtree City officials say McCollom has been placed on administrative leave until an investigation and internal review are complete. Local authorities have turned over the investigation to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and local district attorney’s office.

Peachtree City, with about 34,000 people, is about 30 miles southwest of Atlanta.

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