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Police close village offices after wanted man threatens shooting; public help sought

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LYNWOOD — Lynwood officials were forced to close Village Hall on Wednesday after a man sought for two area drive-by shootings threatened to shoot at the police station and its officers, Lynwood Police Chief Daniel Dempsey said.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Darnell Ball, 29, on seven counts of attempted murder — two counts in Lynwood and five in Park Forest, the chief said.

Anyone with knowledge of Ball's location is encouraged to contact Lynwood Police Detective Dave Oszust at 708-758-4744 or at

A Lynwood woman told police Oct. 20 that Ball had fired several shots into her house in the 20000 block of Oak Lane and then fled the scene.

Officers reviewed surveillance video footage and confirmed Ball was responsible, police said. 

A man then told police Ball was texting him and threatening to shoot up his Park Forest house, according to police. Park Forest police were contacted, but before they could arrive several shots were fired through the kitchen window at the house.

The Lynwood woman left her house, and police said Ball later returned and fired several more rounds through the woman's bedroom window.

Ball's vehicle was located Tuesday by the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and it was taken to the Lynwood Police Department, Dempsey said. Ball was made aware of this and that he was wanted by Lynwood and Park Forest police.

"Ball then began calling our police department several times threatening to come to the Lynwood Police Department and shoot it up as well as police officers," Dempsey said. "Darnell Ball stated he has bigger guns and was on his way."

Ball had not yet arrived by late Wednesday morning, the chief said. But the Village Hall administrative office, which shares the building with the police department, was closed as a precaution, he said.


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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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