Hennepin County prosecutors charged a Minneapolis man with assault and attempted murder after they say he shot, and likely permanently paralyzed, his wife when he found out she was texting another man behind his back.
Boon Mee Chang, 25, faces one count each of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault charges in the shooting of his 26-year-old wife, which he initially blamed on a burglar, police said.
He remained behind bars Wednesday afternoon in lieu of $1 million bond, jail records show.
Police say Chang came home early from work on Monday night to find his wife was sending sexually explicit text messages to another man. Furious, Chang took her phone, forcing her to unlock it and then tried to call the other man, the woman told investigators, according to charging documents.
Chang then started hitting and pushing her, before drawing a handgun from his waistband and telling her that he was going to kill her for betraying him, the documents said.
The wife began begging for her life, but when she tried to escape — by jumping out of the second story of the couple’s duplex in the 900 block of N. Russell Avenue — he shot her in the back, they said.
When officers arrived, Chang allegedly told them that his wife had been shot by a burglar, who escaped by jumping from the second-story bedroom window. But the victim told police on the ambulance ride to the hospital that her husband shot her, the complaint said.
Doctors at Hennepin County Medical Center later told police that the bullet was lodged between her T12 and L1 vertebrae, likely paralyzing her for life, according to the court papers.
The couple’s two young sons, ages 2 and 3, were home when the shots were fired, and one of the children had a minor cut on his foot from stepping on shattered glass, police said.
Chang reportedly told police that he waited between 20-30 minutes to call 911, expecting his wife to bleed to death. He only called to report the shooting after one of their sons walked into the room and saw his mother laying on the floor, bleeding, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said they will seek a heftier sentence if Chang is convicted because he allegedly treated the victim with “particular cruelty” and because of the presence of children in the home.