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Police: Teenager recklessly fired gun in backyard

Joliet officials search home of 17-year-old, recover weapon

A 17-year-old was arrested after allegedly firing a stolen handgun Saturday in the backyard of his residence, police said.

The handgun was recovered after a search by Joliet police officers of a residence in the 900 block of Richards Street on Monday evening, Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said in an email.

The Joliet narcotics unit, tactical unit, neighborhood-oriented policing team and patrol officers executed a search warrant at the residence and secured a 42-year-old woman and a 17-year-old who was the subject of the warrant, Gregory said.

Also inside the residence were two small children who were ages 4 and almost 3, Gregory said. During the search of the residence, officers recovered a loaded revolver and numerous rounds of ammunition for the handgun, he said. A couple of spent shell casings that matched the caliber of the weapon also were recovered, he said.

The woman was the guardian of the teen and was not arrested during the search, Gregory said. The teen was arrested and taken to the Joliet Police Department on a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm.

The handgun also was listed as stolen under a Will County Sheriff’s Office report, Gregory said. The teen also was charged with possession of a stolen firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

He was taken to River Valley Juvenile Detention Center.

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