Date: January 27, 2021
Contact: Steve Smith
ALBANY, NY – A 15-year-old Albany resident has been charged in connection with an incident last year in which an eight year old boy accidently shot himself in the hand with a handgun.
The 15-year-old, whose name will not be released due to his age, was arrested following an investigation by detectives from the Albany Police Department’s Children and Family Services Unit.
On Thursday, December 31, 2020, officers responded to a home on the 200 block of Delaware Avenue to assist Child Protective Services with checking on the welfare of an eight-year-old boy who sustained an injury to his hand.
Through the investigation, it was discovered that the boy accidently shot himself in the hand on December 25th with a handgun he located in the pocket of a coat belonging to the 15-year-old.
The boy was treated at the scene by emergency medical services and transported to Albany Medical Center for an evaluation.
The 15-year-old has been charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th and Reckless Endangerment 2nd.
In addition, the 15-year-old was charged by detectives with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle in connection with a separate stolen vehicle investigation stemming from August 25, 2020.
He is scheduled to be arraigned in Albany County Family Court.