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Police chief said he shot wife moving gun in bed

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By RAY HENRY

Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - A police chief in Georgia told a 911 dispatcher he accidentally shot his wife while moving a handgun that was in their bed.

Peachtree City police Chief William McCollom called for help at 4:17 a.m. on New Year's Day and reported accidentally shooting his 58-year-old wife, Margaret. The Associated Press obtained a recording of the call Friday through a records request.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating. McCollom has not been charged.

McCollom told the dispatcher the gun was in their bed. The chief said that when he moved the weapon, it fired, shooting his wife in the back.

His wife can be heard crying. McCollom said she was bleeding internally.

GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang says McCollom has been cooperative. Authorities plan to interview his wife when her condition improves.

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