A 2 p.m. press conference today revealed that Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom only fired and hit his wife with one shot, contradicting earlier reports that he had shot her twice.
Sherry Lang of the Georgia Burueau of Investigation confirmed that McCollom made the 911 call around 4 a.m. this morning and, in that call, indicated he had accidentally shot his wife twice. Lang said the preliminary investigation had showed, however, that McCollom only fired one shot. She also confirmed that the shot was fired from his service weapon. Lt. Mark Brown of the Peachtree City Police Department said officers in the department, including McCollom, carry a 9mm Glock 17.
Lang also said that the shooting occurred in the bedroom of the couple’s house at 103 Autumn Leaf in Peachtree City.
Aside from that revelation, few additional details were given between Lt. Brown, Lang, and District Attorney Scott Ballard.
McCollom has been placed on administrative leave pending the GBI investigation and an internal investigation. Brown said it is standard practice, particularly in cases involving high ranking officers, for an outside authority to investigate the crime and for the officer to be placed on administrative leave during that time.
McCollom has not been charged with any crime at this point. Lang noted he had been interviewed by GBI and had been fully cooperative.
Ballard said his office will let the investigation develop before deciding whether charges are appropriate.
“We’ll keep an open mind about this,” Ballard said. “When we have all the facts we’ll see if it’s appropriate to press charges.”
Lang would not answer several other questions posed by reporters. McCollom’s wife, Margaret, is in critical condition after being airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center. Lang would not say where on her body she was shot. Lang did say that Mrs. McCollom has not been interviewed by authorities.
Lang said that, to her knowledge, there was nobody else in the home to witness the shooting.
Brown said McCollom was a “very well liked, well loved Chief. The department is hurting at this point.”
According to Peachtree City Police, the wife of Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom was shot early this morning and Chief McCollom has been placed on administrative leave by City Manager Jim Pennington pending completion of an investigation and internal review.
On Thursday, officers responded to a 4:17 a.m. call to 103 Autumn Leaf in Peachtree City in reference to person shot, according to police.
The GBI is saying McCollom called 911 saying he had accidentally shot his wife, Margaret, twice with his service weapon.
The victim was taken to the Atlanta Medical Center by helicopter where she is listed in critical condition.
The investigation has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Fayette County District Attorney.
District Attorney Scott Ballard said Thursday morning his office is working with the GBI on the investigation.
“We’re trying to make sure we know the facts before we say anything further,” Ballard said.