"False Report" Prompts 4-Hour Standoff in Park Forest

Police said the call was “unfounded” and officers left the neighborhood by 11 p.m.

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    A false shooting report prompted a standoff around a south suburban Park Forest home for about four hours Friday night, officials said.

    Illinois State Police told Park Forest officers at 6:47 p.m. that their headquarters received a call from a man who claimed that he shot his mother in a home in the 400 block of Shabbona Drive near Blackhawk Drive, police said in a statement.

    The officer who took the call reported hearing a loud bang and was unable to make further contact with the caller, according to Park Forest police.

    Park Forest police and members of the South Suburban Emergency Response Team surrounded the home for nearly four hours.

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    Police eventually determined that no one was in the home and the residents of the home were later located unharmed, police said.

    Police said the call was “unfounded” and officers left the neighborhood by 11 p.m., according to authorities.

    No one was in custody as of Saturday morning and Park Forest police are investigating the false report as a “criminal matter.”