ATF releases new details in 2011 Monroe car bombing that injured attorney and his two sons

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Agents from the Detroit offices of the Bureaus of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms have released new information about the improvised explosive device, or IED, that blew apart a local attorneys car two years ago.

The Monroe car bombing injured attorney Eric Chapell and his two sons, Cole and Grant, as they were driving to football practice.  The pipe bomb had been placed under the passenger side of Chapell's Volvo.

A month later 7 Action News uncovered exclusive details of a possible person of interest in car bomb investigation.

An IED is a homemade bomb that may have commercial parts included. According to the ATF forensic chemists, some of the parts of the device may have come from different toy vehicles.

ATF Explosives Enforcement Officer Michael Eggleston said the device planted on Chappell's vehicle was distinctive and intended to cause serious injury.

"What makes this device unique is that it's a remote controlled device, designed by the bomber to attack in the line of sight - allowing ultimate control over both the device and the victim," said Eggleston.

The ATF is asking that anyone with information call their tip hotline. There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the crime.

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