Georgia Police Chief William McCollom Says He Shot His Wife Accidentally (UPDATE)

A Georgia police chief, who claims he accidentally shot his wife twice, has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

UPDATE: Authorities provided an update at a Thursday afternoon press conference. "The initial reports that we got from a 911 call were that the chief had shot his wife, accidentally, twice. As a result of our preliminary interview, we have found that he only shot her one time," Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang told reporters. Lang also said McCollom is fully cooperating with investigators.

According to the Peachtree City Police Department, their chief of police, William McCollom, called emergency dispatchers Thursday morning to report he had accidentally shot his wife.

Peachtree City, the largest city in Fayette County, is located approximately 30 miles southwest of Atlanta.

In circumstances that remain unclear, McCollom's service weapon discharged twice and the bullets struck his wife, Margaret, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang told

Margaret McCollom was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition.

"The investigation into this incident has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation due to the husband of the victim being the chief of police," Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown said in a press release.

Calls to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation by HuffPost were not immediately returned Thursday.

No additional information is available at this time. According to Brown, detectives, along with the Fayette County District Attorney, plan to hold a press conference at 2 p.m.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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