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UAW VP to be arraigned for accidentally shooting his wife

 UAW Vice President General Holiefield
UAW Vice President General Holiefield
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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 has issued a warrant for United Auto Workers Vice President General Holiefield after he accidently shot his wife Monica Morgan in the stomach while cleaning his gun at the kitchen table just before New Year’s.

According to Lt. John Michalke with the Macomb County Sheriff Office said authorities, Morgan, 50, was “alert when she was taken to a hospital, where she underwent surgery to remove the single bullet, and is expected to recover from her injuries.”

"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 on her Facebook page.

Holiefield is expected to be charged with misdemeanor reckless use of a firearm, punishable by a 90-day jail sentence and/or $500 fine, and is currently awaiting for the 41B District Court in Clinton Township, MI to schedule an arraignment date.

Holiefield initially joined the UAW in 1973, when he was hired to work at Chrysler's Jefferson assembly plant in Detroit. He later he transferred to Chrysler’s axle plant on Detroit’s lower East Side in 1975, where he became active in UAW Local 961, working on various standing committees, including the Civil Rights, Community Action Program (CAP), Union Label, and Bylaws committees.

First elected as the union’s VP on June 14, 2006, General Holiefield directed the union’s Chrysler, Heavy Truck and Engine, and General Dynamics departments. He was elected to a second term as a UAW vice president on June 16, 2010, by delegates at the union’s 35th Constitutional Convention.

Holiefield currently plans to retire as head of the UAW's Chrysler department in June.

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