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Factory Worker Kills Colleague In Job Dispute

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YPSILANTI (WWJ) - Authorities in Washtenaw County say a man got in a dispute with a co-worker over his job performance at a metal plating factory, then shot him to death.

Ypsilanti police Sgt. Thomas Eberts said the shooting happened about 4 p.m. Wednesday near the Marsh Plating Corp. factory. Eberts said 29-year-old Bhagavan Yashura Allen was fatally shot by a 34-year-old Ypsilanti Township man after reportedly getting into a physical altercation.

“They worked together there on the line,” said Eberts told AnnArbor.com. Eberts characterized the shooting as work-related, saying it was “an issue of job performance.”

Eberts said the suspect ran the assembly line and may have questioned Allen’s work ethic. The two began to argue at the plant and then decided to settle the dispute nearby when the work day was over. That’s when police say Allen was repeatedly shot with a .45-caliber handgun. The suspect then fled the scene. Allen died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.

“I don’t think he knew he had a gun,” said Eberts. “The shooting happened immediately.”

Eberts said the suspect fire two shots at Allen, which knocked him to the ground. The suspect then reportedly stood over Allen’s fallen body and shot three or four more rounds at him, police said.

Investigators are searching for the suspect, whose name was not immediately released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ypsilanti Police at 734-483-9510 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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