A man who allegedly gave his teenage son a handgun for Christmas is facing criminal charges after police said the boy shot himself with the gun inside his Park Ridge home.
Park Ridge Police Cmdr. Jason Leavitt said the 14-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the leg on Jan. 6 inside his home on the 2700 block of Mayfield Drive. 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, 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 Streff’s arrest until Jan. 27, 17 days after it occurred.
Streff’s bond was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 27.