Chrysler employee kills co-worker and then shoots himself: Plant reopens today

A stabbing incident that took place within the premises of the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant, from where the car maker produces Dodge Durango and Jeep…

A stabbing incident that took place within the premises of the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant, from where the car maker produces Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee, left two of their employee dead. A major disagreement between a line worker and material handler took place on Thursday morning at 8.00 am.

This unfortunately led to one of the two slashing the throat of the other, leading to his immediate death. No in-depth details were revealed by the company but it was made known that the accused immediately fled the scene of the crime. Later on in the day, the suspect was found dead on Belle Isle Park in a red Jeep Wrangler.

His injuries denote that he apparently committed suicide by shooting himself. No names of either of the two deceased have been revealed by the company while Detroit Police Department is still investigating the case. Production at Chrysler Jefferson plant has been temporarily suspended and all its 3000 employees have been asked not to report for work till investigations are in progress.

Production at the plant was halted completely after the incident came to light. Chrysler has stated that the plant will commence regular operations from today, and all employees have been requested to report on time.

Source: LSJ via Chrysler

Chrysler’s statement

Chrysler Group Statement Regarding Incident at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant

“Chrysler Group is deeply saddened by the events that occurred at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant this morning. This is a tragic incident and our hearts go out to the families involved.

“As has been reported, two employees were involved in an altercation inside the plant. One employee was stabbed and pronounced dead at the scene. The other employee left the building.

“First shift employees were released once the police gave the all-clear and Chrysler has decided to cancel the afternoon production shift today. All employees should report at their regular times tomorrow.

“Grief counselors are at the plant to support our employees as needed. Second shift employees are welcome to come to the plant today if they need assistance.

“Chrysler Group continues to cooperate fully with the Detroit Police Department to investigate this situation.

“The safety of our employees is always our first priority. I want to commend the UAW-Chrysler team at Jefferson North and the Detroit Police Department for responding in a manner that ensured the security of the remainder of our employees.”

Scott Garberding
Senior Vice President
Manufacturing
Chrysler Group LLC
September 20, 2012