Peachtree City police chief resigns

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- More than two months after accidentally shooting his former wife while she slept, Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom has stepped down.

"It was my pleasure to serve with the men and women of the Peachtree City Police Department in the capacity of assistant chief and chief," McCollom said in a statement posted to the city's website. "The city of Peachtree City has every reason to be proud of their police department as the personnel are both competent and professional. I wish each of them the best as they continue to serve the citizens."

"I have had two families in Peachtree City -- my police family and my personal family," McCollom added. "In light of the recent tragedy in my personal family, I need to continue to focus my time and efforts there."

William McCollom shot Margaret McCollom in their bed in the early morning hours of Jan. 1. Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard is seeking a reckless conduct charge for the former chief, saying McCollom acted careless by taking a loaded gun to bed after consuming alcohol and sleeping pills.

The shooting left Margaret McCollom paralyzed from the waist down. She is being treated at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

Peachtree City City Manager James Pennington accepted McCollom's resignation and said the search for a new chief will begin immediately. Capt. Stan Pye will serve as interim chief, a position he has held since Jan. 1.

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