Police chief's wife now in fair condition

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The wife of Peachtree City Police Chief William E. McCollom has been upgraded from serious to fair condition after being shot by her husband Thursday morning.

Margaret McCollom's condition was upgraded Sunday afternoon. She is being treated at Atlanta Medical Center.

Police responded to the couple's home in the 100 block of Autumn Leaf shortly after 4:15 a.m., where they found Margaret McCollom, 58. She was taken by helicopter to AMC.

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The GBI is handling the shooting investigation. GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang originally said Chief McCollom called 911 to say he accidentally shot his wife twice with his service weapon. After further investigation, Lang said it was determined that only one bullet had been discharged.

Investigators won't say where McCollom was injured, or what led up to the shooting, only that it occured in the couple's bedroom.

Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington says as standard procedure, the chief was put on administrative leave and the GBI asked to spear head the investigation.

McCollom has been in law enforcement for nearly three decades, and the chief in Peachtree City since August.

"The department's hurting at this point," said Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown. "We're very concerned for obviously his wife, we're concerned for the chief."

McCollom has been interviewed by the GBI and is said to be cooperating with the investigation. Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said it's possible that charges could be filed even if the shooting is ruled an accident.

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