General Holiefield (Max Ortiz / Detroit News)
UAW Vice President General Holiefield pleaded no contest last week on a single charge stemming from a shooting incident that injured his wife.
Holiefield was in Clinton Township’s 41-B District Court on a misdemeanor charge of reckless use of a firearm. His case will be reviewed in six months.
Holiefield, 60, admitted to shooting his wife, Monica Morgan-Holiefield, 50, at their home in Harrison Township last month in an incident authorities believed to be an accident.
Police were called to the home in the 39700 block of Mazuchet Drive about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 30 after receiving a report of an accidental shooting.
When officers arrived, they said they found Morgan-Holiefield, 50, lying on her right side with a bullet wound in her back. Police also found three other people in the home, including Holiefield and a man and woman whom they declined to identify.
According to a police report, Holiefield cried out “Oh my God, what did I do?” after the shooting. Morgan-Holiefield screamed, stood up and initially said she was OK, then began to say she felt cold and then hot.
Police said Holiefield was applying pressure to the wound when they arrived at the scene.
Paramedics from the Harrison Township Fire Department attended to Morgan-Holiefield before transporting her to McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens, where she underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
According to the sheriff's office, Holiefield and several friends had earlier gone shooting at an indoor range in Roseville. They all went to dinner and then back to the home in Harrison Township.
Police found and secured eight handguns, including a 45 Desert Eagle, in the kitchen area where the shooting occurred. There were several boxes of ammunition as well as cleaning materials on a small kitchen table, police said.
The group had been cleaning their guns at the kitchen table when the homeowner attempted to clear his weapon and it discharged, the sheriff's office said.
"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. "A single round was fired, which struck his wife in the abdomen."
"It appeared to be accidental. There didn't appear to be anything violent about the scene."
The UAW has not returned calls on the matter.
The News reported in November that Holiefield will retire from his position as head of the union's Chrysler division in June.