Chrysler Group announced that a worker was stabbed to death by another during a fight inside its Jefferson North Assembly plant this morning.
The company has idled the plant for the rest of the day. “Chrysler Group is deeply saddened by events that occurred at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant this morning. Two employees were involved in an altercation inside the plant. One employee was stabbed and unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene. The Detroit Police Department is currently investigating. Production has been suspended for this morning and employees are being released,” the company said in a statement.
According to Detroit police spokesman sgt. Alan Quinn, the suspect was found dead on Belle Isle this morning, after he presumably commited suicide. No further details were offered by the police. The 2.7 million-square-foot plant located on Detroit’s east side manufactures the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango and employs almost 2,900 people.
According to Automotive News, the plant has been under pressure for months with regular overtime scheduled to keep up with demand for the Grand Cherokee. The Jefferson North Assembly plant builds an average 750 vehicles each day on two shifts. Chrysler plans to add a third shift of about 1,100 workers by December.