Law and Order, Local Police Reports, Park Forest

Police Seek Man They Call “Armed and Dangerous”

Darnell Ball is considered "armed and dangerous" according to police.
Darnell Ball is considered “armed and dangerous” according to police. (Photo: PFPD)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Park Forest Police Department is seeking the whereabouts of Mr. Darnell Ball, 29, who they call “armed and dangerous,” a suspect in an October 20 shooting on Somonauk Street, according to a statement police released Thursday.

According to the statement, on Wednesday, October 20th, 2021, at 10:53 pm, the Park Forest Police Department responded to the 300 block of Somonauk Street for the report of shots fired. Responding officers found that a residence, a home, had been struck multiple times by gunfire, but no injuries were reported by the occupants, which included four small children, according to police.

The investigation revealed that Darnell Ball is the alleged shooter and the incident stemmed from an altercation that began in another jurisdiction where Mr. Ball is the suspect in another series of shootings, according to police.

The victims were known to Mr. Ball and this was not a random act, according to police.

Mr. Ball is described as an African American male, 29 years of age, approximately 5’11” tall, 145 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes. Ball is a convicted felon and is currently out on bond in connection with a violent crime, according to police.


“If you have any information on Ball’s whereabouts, please contact the Park Forest Police Department Investigations Division at 708-748-1309. You may remain anonymous,” the statement said.

The Park Forest Police Department reminds you that all suspects are afforded the presumption of innocence when criminally charged until proven guilty in a court of law.

“This information is being shared due to the threat we believe Ball poses to the community while he remains at large,” the statement said.

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Police captured all the incidents in this report on body-worn and dash-mounted cameras by officers at the respective scenes, according to police. All Park Forest police officers wear body-worn cameras. Officials typically abbreviate these devices as BWC in the reports.

We encourage persons wishing to leave anonymous information on any criminal matters, including narcotics or gang activity, to call the Park Forest Police Department Investigations Division at (708) 748-1309.