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Harrison Township accidental shooting was at home of UAW Vice President General Holiefield
7:44 PM, Dec 31, 2013
HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - 7 Action News is learning more about the shooting that happened last night in a home in Harrison Township.
UAW Vice President, 60-year-old General Holiefield was showing how to clean his .45 caliber Desert Eagle semi-automatic handgun when it went off.
The shot hit his wife in the back. She is Monica Morgan, famous in her own right as a world renowned photographer. 7 Action News
talked with her earlier this month with the death of Nelson Mandella.
The Macomb County Sheriff's Office investigated and has determined the shooting is accidental. That report will go to the Prosecutor's Office who could determine more investigation is needed or decide criminal, neglect or no charges.
Two other accidental shootings happened in Macomb County this year and one was charged with neglect.
Another couple was at the Holiefield house and two other couples went with them to a shooting range and out to dinner before the incident last night.
7 Action News found General Holiefield went through a contested divorce that was final just two years ago and it included at least one incident of domestic violence.
Marlene Holiefield declined comment to 7 Action News today.
Holiefield was also rumored to have trouble in his job as UAW Vice President in charge of the Chrysler Division this fall. But Holiefield is still in office and set to retire next summer.
He issued a statement today that said:
I am still in shock over this accident. We are very fortunate that the wound did not cause more serious injuries. We greatly appreciate prayers from friends and family.