In the early hours of Thursday morning, one man was killed and another was arrested after a fight broke out at the Orion Assembly Plant at General Motors in Lake Orion, Michigan.
Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County, Michigan, tweeted an official statement about the altercation.
Workplace violence occurred this morning at the GM Orion plant. One person was killed and the suspect is in custody. There is no current threat to either the community or the plant. — Mike Bouchard (@MikeJBouchard) The date August 11, 2022
The Detroit News reports that at 1:40 a.m. on Thursday, police were called to the plant due to the fight, and upon arrival they discovered the 49-year-old man from Pontiac, Michigan lying unconscious and bleeding in the dock area of the plant.
The victim was found by deputies, according to reports, unconscious and bleeding. Although they tried to help, the man could not be brought back to life, and he was subsequently ruled dead on the spot. Near the body, they discovered the man they believed was responsible for it, who was standing in a dock area of the plant. The official said the item believed to have been used in the murder was also recovered by the deputies. The police have not yet determined what caused the incident.
The victim and the suspect both had jobs at the GM plant cleaning service provided by the same custodial company. The deceased had been with the company for only a short time. The suspect, who is also in his late 40s, has been booked into the Oakland County Jail on suspicion of murder. The Chevrolet Bolt assembly plant will be closed today. Due to the loss of revenue from the Lordstown GM plant’s closure, $300 million was redirected to the Orion plant to produce electric vehicles.
Although incidents of violence are uncommon, theft and other forms of criminal activity have long plagued factories producing automobiles. This year, thieves stole seven Camaros from General Motors’ Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, sending police on a high-speed chase across the entire state of Michigan. Many Ford vehicles have been stolen this year, including several from the assembly lines. In 2010, auto workers were caught drinking and smoking weed during lunch breaks, causing a scandal for automakers.
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