Darnell Ball

Darnell Ball

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LYNWOOD — Police said they have nabbed a convicted felon with a lengthy violent criminal history, who was wanted on seven counts of attempted murder and who forced the closing of the Village Hall on Wednesday after threatening to "shoot up the police."

Darnell Ball, 29, was taken into custody Thursday without incident in Calumet City through a combined effort involving Lynwood and Park Forest police, and the FBI Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force Chicago Division.

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, Lynwood Police Chief Daniel 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.

This article originally ran on nwitimes.com.

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