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Family members concerned about wife of police chief's long-term prognosis
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PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – Family members of the wife of Peachtree City's police chief are concerned about her long-term prognosis.

Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom told authorities that he accidentally shot his wife, Margaret, early Jan. 1 as he moved his service gun in their bed.

Margaret McCollom, 58, was released from the hospital earlier this week. A family member told NBC News that "the doctors do not know yet if she will be permanently paralyzed or not."

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The Peachtree City Police Department would not confirm that report, saying in a Facebook post: This morning, information was released by a third party regarding Ms. McCollum's injuries. Respecting the medical privacy of individuals is a not only the law, but the policy of this department, and the City of Peachtree City. The police department cannot confirm, deny, or report on anyone's medical condition.

McCollom told Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents that she was asleep when the shooting occurred, but she believed it was an accident.

No charges have been filed. GBI officials said that William McCollom has cooperated with the investigation.

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