Police: Teen Shot Himself In Leg With Gun Dad Gave Him For Christmas

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (STMW) — A Chicago man who gave his teenage son a handgun for Christmas faces criminal charges after the boy shot himself with the gun in his north suburban home, police said.

Park Ridge Police Cmdr. Jason Leavitt said the 14-year-old accidentally shot himself in the leg on Jan. 6 inside a home in the 2700 block of Mayfield Drive, Pioneer Press is reporting.

The teen’s injuries were not life-threatening, Leavitt said.

Four days later, police charged the boy’s father, Joseph Streff, 52, of the 7300 block of West Addison Street in Chicago, with reckless conduct for providing his son with the gun, police said.

Leavitt said the gun was a Christmas present.

Police did not release information on the arrest until Monday, 17 days after it occurred.

Streff’s bond was set at $1,000 and he is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 27.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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