Chrysler resumes output at Detroit SUV plant after fatal stabbing
DETROIT -- Production resumed today at Chrysler's Detroit SUV plant after an employee was fatally stabbed by a co-worker Thursday morning.
First shift workers reported to the Jefferson North plant on the city's east side at 6 a.m. and a meeting took place to answer employee questions and address concerns, a Chrysler spokeswoman said.
It is too early to determine whether Chrysler will implement changes at the plant. The company is still investigating what happened, the spokeswoman said.
On Thursday, workers on the first shift were sent home early and the second shift was canceled after many employees witnessed the stabbing.
The plant, which employs about 3,100 workers, assembles the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango full-sized SUVs.
The altercation Thursday morning occurred between two longtime plant employees. Local media reports said it involved a dispute over a woman.
Local media reported that police confirmed the suspect involved in the stabbing took his own life after the incident at nearby Belle Isle in downtown Detroit.
The victim was later identified as Keith Readus. The assailant was identified as Jeff Hunter. Both had worked in the plant's materials department for nearly 18 years, said co-worker Deborah Taylor.
Larry P. Vellequette contributed to this report