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Bill Jones, Editor
12:27 pm CDT July 22, 2019

Two men wearing masks and carrying guns reportedly scared an Orland Park resident into his home and fired a shot through a door over the weekend.

The incident took place just before 10:28 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in the 11000 block of 167th Place, according to a press release issued Monday, July 22, by the Orland Park Police Department.

A male resident pulled his vehicle into his garage and exited the vehicle, when the two men approached and identified themselves as federal agents, police said. In addition to claiming they were federal agents, the men were wearing black vests “that look similar to ballistic vests,” according to Cmdr. Tony Farrell.

The man ran into the house through the garage service door and closed the door, according to the release. A single shot was fired through the door that leads into the home from the attached garage by one of the men, who then fled, police said. No one was struck by the projectile, and the resident was not injured, police added.

Farrell said the men were thought to be carrying semi-automatic handguns.

Police said they think the man was targeted and this was not a random act. Farrell added that it was a “possible ruse,” but “the victim did not believe this ruse and responded appropriately.”

Farrell declined to provide further information on the suspected motivations of the gunmen “in the interest of protecting the victim.”

Following the alleged incident, police said they are searching for two male suspects described as black, both approximately 5-foot-11, weighing 185-200 pounds, who fled in a white, four-door vehicle. Farrell said there were no surveillance images of sketches available as of press time.

Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call (708) 349-4111 or email crimetips@orlandpark.org.

Police say incident appears unrelated to Kris Trail shooting

In a separate incident on July 14, a 20-year-old man reportedly was shot twice in the abdomen with a .40-caliber semi-automatic gun through a closed door after someone rang the doorbell to a home in the 9600 block of Kris Trail. Police said at the time the “house and/or family” were the intended target, but Farrell said the July 20 incident does not appear to be connected.

“We have no evidence to suggest that the other incident in Orland Park is related to this one,” he wrote in an email to The Orland Park Prairie.