Married NYPD couple find bullet in car door after driving their 2-year-old home in New York

Two married NYPD detectives who heard a loud bang July 4 while driving in the Bronx with their 2-year-old baby were shocked to later discover part of a bullet lodged in their car door, the woman said to The Post.

School security superintendent Stephanie Eiel, 39, said she and her detective husband were driving home from a vacation trip in Rockland County when they heard what they believed to be fireworks as they drove on the Bronx River Parkway near Gun Hill.

“We reacted briefly, but we drove on, our ears started ringing,” said Eiel.

“We checked the baby to make sure he was fine. He was fine. He started looking at his cartoons again – and we drove on.”

It wasn’t until Eiel was at work on Tuesday that she sent her husband a picture of the damaged door and he urged her to take a closer look, she said.

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Two NYPD investigators noticed that their car was shot on July 4th.
Courtesy of Stephanie Eiel
Stefanie Eiel
Eiel and her husband are from the Bronx and never thought anything like this would happen to them.
James Keivom for the NY Post

“I went downstairs with my partner and saw, really examined the trim of my car and saw that it appeared to be a bullet fragment going through it,” Eiel said. “It could have hit me or my son because my son was sitting right behind me. It could have ended really badly for us. I was shocked.”

She said she felt there was “literally nothing we could do”.

“Thank goodness we ended up being safe, but at that moment I was just shocked … You expect things like this to happen on the job, not off duty when your 2-year-old is sitting right behind us.”

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The couple were riding in the car with their 2-year-old baby.
Courtesy of Stephanie Eiel

Her husband, a 17-year NYPD veteran, was upset, she said.

“He was all over the world [in the military]who serves in the NYPD and you never think of something like that happening,” she said. “He’s just grateful we’re okay but there’s a lot to think about with the 2-year-old. Could it have been me, him, the bullet could have ricocheted off the car. It could have gone anywhere.”

Eiel said she and her husband had lived in the Bronx their entire lives, but never expected to become victims of crime themselves.

“We live in the city, work in the city, we love the city — when we’re off duty, things like that shouldn’t happen,” she said.

Detectives’ Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo said the incident could have been a “real tragedy” and called for the creation of a special firearms prosecutor to handle gun violence across the city.

“This incident could have been a real tragedy, we had a mother and father, one child, a 2-year-old child who could have lost his life due to gun violence,” he said. “It could be anyone, anywhere — and that’s why I’ve called on the governor to appoint a special firearms attorney to deal with gun violence in New York City and upstate New York — it’s of epidemic proportions — you’d rather.” a coordinated effort.”

He said all gun cases should go to an “accurate gun violence prosecution” bureau.

“Not like now, where it’s different in every district,” said the union boss. “Lives and the safety of New York City detectives depend on it.” Married NYPD couple find bullet in car door after driving their 2-year-old home in New York


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