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EXCLUSIVE — Colleague: Wife of ex-Tequesta Police Chief Mysteriously Shot by Him on New Year’s Day Complained of Abuse!

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EXCLUSIVE — Colleague: Wife of ex-Tequesta Police Chief Mysteriously Shot by Him on New Year’s Day Complained of Abuse!

Margaret McCollom (right) with William McCollom (left) and the groom at a wedding in Delray Beach in February (via Facebook)

Margaret McCollom (right) with William McCollom (left) and the groom at a wedding in Delray Beach in February (via Facebook)

TEQUESTA — In the 20-plus years she lived in South Florida, former Tequesta Police Chief William McCollom‘s then ex-wife told colleagues in a hospital where she worked as a nurse that the policeman was abusive to her!

Now, Maggie McCollom is in critical condition at the Atlanta Medical Center in Georgia after William McCollom told authorities he accidentally shot her in their Peachtree City home about 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

William McCollom, 57, was a long-time cop in Delray Beach and achieved the rank of assistant chief before taking the top job in Tequesta in 2006. He resigned in 2010 and left for his native Wyoming to take care of an ailing family member, a source tells Gossip Extra.

Two years later, William McCollom moved to suburban Atlanta and eventually became chief of the Peachtree City Police Department.

What happened on New Year’s morning, if you believe news reports, is unclear.

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Margaret McCollom, fighting for her life in an Atlanta hospital after being shot by former Tequesta Police Chief William McCollom (via Facebook)

Somehow, emergency room nurse Maggie McCollom, 58, was shot by the chief with his service revolver in their bedroom.

The chief has not been arrested, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is on the case.

By now, however, the Bureau is receiving calls from acquaintances of the couple in Palm Beach County, Gossip Extra can reveal.

“I already talked to them (GBI),” said a source who asked to remain anonymous and who worked with Maggie McCollom for several years at the JFK Medical Center in Atlantis.

“Magpie,” as Maggie McCollom was known, told colleagues she was abused by the chief, the source said.

UPDATE: Hear the chief talking to 911 operator after shooting his wife

“She lived in fear of the guy,” the anonymous nurse said. “We all thought she was making a mistake when she left the job to move back with him in Atlanta. Our understanding is that there was mental and physical abuse.”

There is not evidence in court records that Maggie McCollom filed any official complaints against the chief in Palm Beach County. He is generally respected by his colleagues.

There is evidence, however, that the McColloms were divorced here in 1999, after 11 years of marriage!

One daughter was born to them, and the divorce settlement ordered William to quick-deed their house in Delray Beach to her.

I’m told William and Maggie were in touch through most of the 2000s, and continued some type of a on-again, off-again romantic relationship.

Then, William married to Suzanne Carter,  a rabbi who also worked as a chaplain for the Delray Beach Police and Fire departments.

UPDATE: Rabbi says she divorced McCollom because he cheated on her!

Carter was officially divorced from McCollom in January 2014, nearly two years after Maggie moved to Peachtree City with the chief.

It is unclear at this point whether the McColloms were re-married.

Carter has yet to return calls about her relationship with the chief.

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