UAW Vice President General Holiefield (Detroit News file photo)
An arrest warrant has been issued for UAW Vice President General Holiefield after his wife was shot at their home in Harrison Township last month in an incident authorities initially believed to be an accident.
Sheriff's officials brought the case forward to the Macomb County Prosecutor's office on Tuesday. The warrant was signed Thursday, according to Lt. John Michalke, spokesman for the sheriff’s department. Holiefield, who was not in police custody Friday, faces a charge of reckless use of a firearm. The crime is a misdemeanor and carries up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Holiefield is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at the 41-B District Court in Clinton Township.
According to the Macomb County Sheriff's Office, a 911 call came into the dispatch office about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 30 reporting a shooting at the home in the 39700 block of Mazuchet, near the southern part of the Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
"Deputies learned that the 60-year-old homeowner was cleaning his 45 Desert Eagle semi-automatic handgun at the kitchen table when it accidentally discharged," said the sheriff's office in a release. "A single round was fired, which struck his wife in the abdomen."
EMS personnel from the Harrison Township Fire Department were quickly on the scene, according to Sgt. Christian Syoen.
"We had her out of there and on the way to McLaren Macomb County Hospital in about four minutes," Syoen said. "It appeared to be accidental. There didn't appear to be anything violent about the scene."
His wife, Monica Morgan, 50, underwent surgery and has been recovering. Michalke said her condition was unknown Friday.
The UAW couldn’t be immediately reached for comment Friday.
According to the sheriff's office, Holiefield and several friends had gone shooting at an indoor range in Roseville. They all went to dinner and then back to the home in Harrison Township.
The group began cleaning their guns at the kitchen table when the homeowner attempted to clear his weapon and it discharged, the sheriff's office said. Sheriff's detectives interviewed all of the people who were present in the home during the incident and everyone was cooperative, according to the release.
The News reported in November that Holiefield will retire from his position as head of the union's Chrysler division in June. His tenure with the UAW was met with controversy in 2011 when he was arrested at his former home in Macomb Township for a domestic matter involving his ex-wife, though charges were never filed.
Staff writer Ursula Watson contributed.