UAW VP General Holiefield faces arrest warrant in wife's accidental shooting

Holiefield is scheduled to be contacted by a Michigan district court to schedule an arraignment date.
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An arrest warrant has been issued for UAW Vice President General Holiefield, the outgoing head of the union's Chrysler department, in the shooting of his wife at their home last month.

The Macomb County Prosecutor's Office issued the warrant on Thursday for misdemeanor reckless use of a firearm, which carries a 90-day sentence and/or a $500 fine.

Lt. John Michalke with the Macomb County Sheriff Office said that the investigation into the shooting concluded Jan. 7 and that Holiefield is scheduled to be contacted by the 41B District Court in Clinton Township, Mich., to schedule an arraignment date.

The shooting took place on Dec. 30 at Holiefield's suburban Detroit home when Holiefield was cleaning his gun at the kitchen table and it accidentally discharged around 8:30 p.m.

"A single round was fired, which struck his wife in the abdomen," Michalke said.

According to authorities, Holiefield's wife, Monica Morgan, 50, was alert when she was taken to a hospital, where she underwent surgery. She is expected to recover from her injuries.

Morgan posted a brief update about her condition on her Facebook page Tuesday.

"I'm healing ... my husband and my family have gone through a traumatic experience with me … your prayers and they brought me through with God's direction," she wrote.

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office said that another couple was in the home after having gone shooting at a range in suburban Detroit with Holiefield. They were cleaning their guns at the kitchen table when the discharge occurred.

Holiefield said in November that he would retire as head of the UAW's Chrysler department this June.

A UAW spokeswoman said she did not have any additional information on the case.

You can reach Sean Gagnier at sgagnier@crain.com.


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