GM’s powertrain plant in Romulus, Michigan, was evacuated this morning as a worker threatened suicide with a start pistol.
The incident took place at around 6:05 a.m. when a worker at GM’s plant in Romulus threatened to kill himself complaining about working conditions at the facility. Fortunately, the police managed to talk the man into surrendering.
“A 911 call came in and stated that there was a male in the building with a gun, and he was threatening suicide,” Sgt. Cory Sadler said. “We immediately sent officers to the plant, plus we had assistance from the Van Buren Township Police Department. By that time, the building had been evacuated.”
Capt. Joshua Monte said that employees were immediately evacuated in the plant’s parking lot and that the gunman, who was in one of the loading dock areas, didn’t aim his weapon at the police officers but put it to his head and threatened to kill himself. After the incident the police discovered that it was a starter pistol, which shoots blanks.
“Right now he is at a local hospital,” Sadler said. “We’re discussing possible charges right now.”
The company refused to discuss on the working conditions at the plant alleged by the employee. The Romulus plant has 880 workers and manufactured V-6 and V-8 engines for GM vehicles, but also for industrial and marine uses.