MONROE (WWJ) – We’re hearing the emotional 911 call from the man who was hurt in a suspected car bombing in Monroe near I-75 Tuesday. 42-year old Toledo-area attorney Erik Chappell called police after his van exploded and caught fire, injuring him and his two sons ages 13 and 11.

He describes the injuries to his children’s legs and buttocks, and says he needs medical help on the scene immediately.

“I’ve got two significant leg injuries. One to the bottom left injured, his bottom left leg and then one to his left buttocks that are chewed up pretty good,” Chappell told a 911 dispatcher. “Deep tissue wounds, they are bleeding. I need someone here now.”

Federal investigators are trying to determine what happened. Who put a bomb in the car – and why. Investigators from the Michigan State Police, Monroe and ATF are all working around the clock on this case. ATF Special Agent Donald Dawkins says there are no suspects and no one has been questioned so far.

As for what could have caused the explosion to the Chappell’s vehicle, Dawkins says, “We don’t know and that’s why we’re trying to kind of put together the pieces, devise what we have and we’ll get a better determination on what it was and how it functioned. That we don’t know yet and that’s a critical part of the investigation,” he says.

There’s a $10,000 reward being offered by federal investigators for the tip that helps them solve the case. Chappell’s friends and colleagues say they don’t know why someone would target him.

The Blade newspaper in Toledo obtained the recording of Chappell’s 911 call. Listen here.

Comments (9)
  1. Dan says:

    His 911 call sounds fake, as if he had set it up…. I don’t understand all his chatter on the call about his sons injuries – he is calling 911, not his doctor’s office for an appointment. Is all his chatter “lawyers speak”….

  2. LB says:

    “Chatter”? Huh? I hear a frazzled, concerned father wanting some action NOW. Figuring he can pass along information ahead of time as he waits for medical assistance. I’m alarmed by the seemingly nonchalant attitude of the dispatcher. Seemed kind of smarmy. No compassion whatsoever. And did he essentially hang up on the father? Hard to tell, but kinda sounded like it.

    1. Leslie Ann says:

      I agree with LB. I was very dismayed to hear the dispatcher’s tone and his lack of empathy and compassion. He could have said ‘I’ll stay on the line with you”, and offered some kindness and hope. The dispatcher could have been the last voice Erik talked to, as he may have been dying and his sons, too (thank goodness, they survived), but that dispatcher was very unkind to an injured, frightened person.

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