William McCollom, the police chief of Peachtree, Ga., accidentally shot his wife, according to reports on Thursday. Her condition is not known.
According to CNN, he’s on leave after his wife was shot.
Peachtree City is a municipality with about 35,000 people south of Atlanta. Said CNN:
Police went to a residence at 4:17 a.m. Thursday after receiving a call about a shooting, the statement said, and the chief’s wife was taken to Atlanta Medical Center by helicopter.
Brown’s statement said other questions about the incident should be directed to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
McCollom was named the police chief in October and had been interim police chief since July, reported CNN affiliate WSB.
Here’s the AP update:
911: Police chief said he accidentally shot wife
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) — Investigators say a police chief in Georgia reported accidentally shooting his wife early New Year’s Day.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang says Peachtree City police Chief William McCollom called 911 around 4:15 a.m. Thursday and reported that he accidentally shot his wife.
Margaret McCollom was flown to a hospital.
Lang said she could not discuss the circumstances of the shooting because of the ongoing investigation. No charges were immediately filed. Authorities were planning a 2 p.m. news conference.
Peachtree City officials say McCollom has been placed on administrative leave until an investigation and internal review are complete. Local authorities have turned over the investigation to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and local district attorney’s office.
Peachtree City, with about 34,000 people, is about 30 miles southwest of Atlanta.