DELRAY BEACH — William McCollom, the former Delray Beach Police official accused of shooting his second wife on New Year’s morning at home near Atlanta, was divorced from his third wife a year ago after she busted him cheating on her, according to Palm Beach County court records.
It’s yet another Gossip Extra exclusive on a national story that reaches deep into Palm Beach County!
McCollom, 57, became the chief of police in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree City in 2012, shortly after leaving his job as chief of Tequesta Police.
Before that, he was married and divorced three times in Palm Beach County, records show.
ER nurse Maggie McCollom, the shooting victim and former nurse at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, was his second wife. Records show she divorced him in 1999.
However, Maggie went back to the policeman two years ago — while he was going through a divorce from wife No. 3!
Maggie is in critical condition at Atlanta Medical Center tonight as authorities consider whether they’ll file charges against the chief, who says he shot her accidentally while moving the handgun he kept in bed.
According to Palm Beach county records, the policeman married Delray Beach rabbi Suzanne Carter, chaplain of the Delray Beach Police and Fire departments, in 2002, three years after divorcing Maggie.
Carter, who had no children with McCollom, eventually filed for divorce — claiming he was having an affair, according to official papers.
With wife No. 2, Maggie McCollom, friends say.
“When Maggie moved to Atlanta to be with the chief, we couldn’t believe it,” said a former colleague of Maggie’s at JFK Medical Center. “We knew they were no longer together, and she told us he abused her when they were married. But there was no convincing her to stay.”
According to the Carter divorce petition obtained by Gossip Extra, Carter asked for alimony and eventually received full ownership of their marital home on Washington Road in Delray Beach.
“The husband has been engaged in an extra-marital relationship,” Carter’s petition reads. “He has expanded marital assets as a consequence of that relationship and has . . . dissipated funds that would otherwise be available to the wife.”
Carter isn’t returning calls.
Said Maggie’s former colleague: “Maggie never told us he was married to someone else when she went back to him.”
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