Shots Fired Suspect in McHenry, Already Wanted in Lake County, Arrested Hours After Shots Fired

Dante Terrell, Jr. attempted murder suspect (SOURCE: McHenry County Sheriff's Office)
Dante Terrell, Jr. attempted murder suspect (SOURCE: McHenry County Sheriff’s Office).

Dante L. Terrell Jr., of the block of 2300 Joppa Avenue in Zion, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon (all felonies), according to McHenry Police Department. Dante Terrell Jr., age 29, was taken one into custody within hours of a shots fired incident that was reported about 1:25 p.m. Sunday, August 29, 2021. McHenry police conducted a felony review with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on Sunday evening, just hours after the investigation began at the crime scene at the intersection of Bull Valley Road and Illinois Route 31 in McHenry.

The next court date for Dante Terrell, Jr. is Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. The suspect is being held without bond in McHenry County Jail.




The initial investigation indicated that occupants in two vehicles were involved in the shooting as shooter and target. The shooter was in a red Jeep Compass and the target was in a silver Nissan Maxima that was following the Jeep Compass. According to the McHenry Police Department, authorities are “aggressively pursuing” other subjects believed to be involved in the shots fired incident. More than 50 shell casings were found at the intersection.

Dante L. Terrell Jr. Charges

Attempted Murder (Class X Felony)

Aggravated Discharge of Firearm/Occupied Vehicle (Class 1 Felony)

Unlawful Use of Weapon/Possession of Firearm/Second & Subsequent Offense (Class 3 Felony)

Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon/Vehicle (Class 4 Felony)

Police did not yet confirm that a weapon used in the shooting was an AR-15, but the initial information investigated from witness report(s) at the scene indicated that an AR-15 was used at the crime scene.

Before the shots fired incident at Bull Valley Road and Route 31 in McHenry, Dante Terrell, Jr. was wanted on a warrant from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.




McHenry police received a report about 1:25 p.m. Sunday, August 29, 2021 of shots fired from one vehicle to another near the intersection of Bull Valley Road and Route 31 in McHenry.

Initially there were no reports of anyone struck by any bullets, and no other injuries were reported; however, an apparently uninvolved third vehicle was also struck by gunfire.




On Sunday, police received reports that an unknown offender in the back of a red Jeep Compass was shooting an AR-15 at another motorist in a silver car that was traveling behind the red Jeep Compass. Police also received a report that a fender was falling off the Jeep Compass, which was last seen headed eastbound on Bull Valley Road from Route 31 toward the Fox River and Moraine Hills State Park.

Bullet casings were discovered at the intersection, and about 50 evidence markers were placed on the street surface at the intersection.




Following the on scene investigation at Bull Valley Road/Charles J. Miller Memorial Highway and Illinois Route 31, with ground and aerial drone photography, the McHenry Police Department is continuing the investigation of the shots fired incident crime scene. The scene was located near Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital, and was also less than 1800 feet southwest of the McHenry City Police Department headquarters at 333 South Green Street in McHenry.

Anyone with information about the shots fired incident is urged to call the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2599 or leave an anonymous tip by calling 815-363-2124. All calls made to the tip line are anonymous and Caller ID is not used.

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