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911 call: Police chief said he shot wife moving gun in bed

ATLANTA (AP) - Peachtree City's police chief told a 911 dispatcher he accidentally shot his wife while moving a handgun that was in their bed.

Chief William McCollom called for help at 4:17 a.m. on New Year's Day and reported accidentally shooting his 58-year-old wife, Margaret. The GBI released the call on Friday.


McCollom told the dispatcher the gun was in their bed. The chief said that when he moved the weapon, it fired, shooting his wife in the back.

His wife can be heard crying. McCollom said she was bleeding internally. McCollom tells the dispatcher that his wife is alert and was having trouble breathing.


In the call, McCollom tells the dispatcher that he shot his wife twice. In a news conference on Thursday, GBI spokesperson Sherry Lang said that upon further investigation, the gun only went off once.

McCollom identified himself to the dispatcher as Peachtree City's police chief. He said that they were the only ones at the home at the time of the shooting.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating. McCollom has not been charged.

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Click below to hear part of the 911 call (Warning: Content of call could be disturbing to some viewers)


Information from the Associated Press was used in this report