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.READ MORE: First Illinois Case Of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Confirmed In Chicago Resident
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.READ MORE: SWAT Team Takes 35-Year-Old Man Into Custody After Threatening Girlfriend With Gun
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.MORE NEWS: Jussie Smollett Trial: Closing Arguments Begin Wednesday
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