A former Georgia police chief who said he accidentally shot his wife on New Year’s Day was indicted Wednesday on misdemeanor charges.
William McCollom dialed 911 early on Jan. 1 to report that he’d inadvertently shot his wife Margaret while she was sleeping in their suburban Atlanta home, WXIA reports. The shooting left her paralyzed from the waist down.
An investigation found no evidence that McCollom intended to shoot his wife, but that didn’t stop Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard from seeking the indictment against the ex-police chief, who resigned from his post last month.
The grand jury agreed with Ballard, returning an indictment against McCollom for reckless conduct after hearing just one witness, according to WXIA.
McCollom went to bed with a loaded gun after drinking alcohol and taking sleeping pills. He woke up to the sound of a gunshot, the Associated Press reports. In the 911 call, he told the dispatcher that he believed the weapon discharged after he attempted to move it to a nightstand.
“The gun was in the bed, I went to move it, and I put it to a side and it went off,” he said in the 911 recording, according to the AP.
Margaret was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, but she later told investigators that she believed the shooting was accidental, CBS News reports.
The couple have a rocky history – they divorced in 1999, but later reunited, though it remains unclear whether they ever remarried.
Margaret is still receiving treatment at Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta.
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