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Park Forest police mistakenly surround home because of prank call

Updated: April 5, 2014 2:31AM



Police apparently received a phony call that resulted in several officers surrounding a Park Forest home for about four hours Friday night, officials said.

Illinois State Police called Park Forest officers at 6:47 p.m. after receiving a call from a male who claimed that he shot his mother in a home in the 400 block of Shabbona Drive near Blackhawk Drive, police said.

The man ended his call with a loud bang, according to a statement from Park Forest Police.

Park Forest police, as well members of the South Suburban Emergency Response Team, surrounded the south suburban home.

At one point, police used loudspeakers to tell anyone inside the home to come out with their hands up, according to television news reports from the scene.

But police eventually determined that no one was in the home and later located the home’s residents, who were unharmed, police said.

Police said the call was “unfounded.” Officers left the neighborhood by 11 p.m., a Park Forest dispatcher said.

No one is in custody as Park Forest police investigate the false report as a “criminal matter.”



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