Police chief's wife says she was asleep when she was shot - CBS46 News

Police chief's wife says she was asleep when she was shot

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PEACHTREE CITY, GA (CBS46) -

Margaret McCollom, the wife of Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom, spoke Monday for the first time about being shot on New Year's Day.

She told authorities that she was sleep while she was shot and that she could provide no more information about the shooting. She did say she thought the shooting was an accident, according to a news release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

She was interviewed by GBI agents in her hospital room at the Atlanta Medical Center on Monday.

A spokesperson of Atlanta Medical Center told CBS46's Dontaye Carter that her condition has been upgraded from serious to fair condition.

Peachtree City Chief William McCollom says he accidentally shot his wife on New Year's Day.

On Sunday, dozens of friends and community members held a prayer vigil for Maggie.

"I'm here today to support Maggie McCollom," said Mike King, a friend of the family.

"This community is a family," added Melody Grimes, another friend.

Margaret was shot by her husband while they slept in their bedroom. The incident is being investigated as an accident. She was flown by medical helicopter from her home on Autumn Leaf Drive to the hospital in Atlanta.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released the 911 call where Chief William McCollom said he accidentally shot his wife just after 4 a.m.

"I was shocked and saddened and just wondered what everybody else was thinking in the community because we don't have a lot of these things happen here," said Grimes.

She says Maggie's friends and family are all leaning on one another to get through this time. Grimes said they are also supporting Chief McCollom, who is at the center of the GBI's investigation.

"It was warm, comforting to have our friends and neighbors all come together and show support for our police department," Grimes said.

"It's tragic and the community wants to come together to console and bring this thing to a great ending," said King.

The chief is still on administrative leave as experts examine the evidence.

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