Elgin man says he mistook wife for burglar; shot her in the leg

  • Torrance G. Clark

    Torrance G. Clark

Published: 3/16/2009 10:48 AM | Updated: 3/16/2009 3:25 PM

A 42-year-old Elgin woman was shot in the leg by her husband Saturday morning after he apparently mistook her for a burglar, police said.

Torrance G. Clark, 39, of the 200 block of Elm Street, was charged Monday with felony reckless discharge of a firearm stemming from the incident that left his wife with a bullet wound dangerously close to her femoral artery.

Police were called to the couple's home early Saturday on a report of a woman shot in her upper leg with a 9 mm handgun, police said.

A 5-year-old girl in the home told police she heard a loud boom and then the victim crying out, "Are you insane?"

The victim told police she became upset with her husband about 3 a.m. because he was awake playing a video game. She left the home, reports state, and returned about two hours later.

When she got into bed, her husband seemed startled and discharged the gun, according to a police report. She was taken to Sherman Hospital, where she remained on Monday, police said.

Police said Clark, a mechanical engineer, had a firearm owner's identification card for the weapon.

When police interviewed Clark, he said he shot his wife but it was an accident, reports state.

Defense attorney Tiffany Henderson asked for a low bond during Clark's court appearance Monday, saying "he is a father, he apparently thought she was an intruder, he has no criminal history, he poses no flight risk and it was an unfortunate incident."

Clark posted $5,000 bond Monday morning and was released with an April 3 court date at the Kane County Judicial Center.