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Fired Worker Beheads Woman in Oklahoma Food Plant, Attack Stopped by Reserve Deputy

September 26, 2014  | 

Police say Alton Nolen beheaded a woman at an Oklahoma food processing company right after being fired. He is reportedly a Muslim convert.
Police say Alton Nolen beheaded a woman at an Oklahoma food processing company right after being fired. He is reportedly a Muslim convert. 

A fired employee at a Moore, Okla., food processing plant beheaded one former co-worker and attacked another early Friday. The attacker was shot and wounded by a reserve Oklahoma County Sheriff's deputy who works at the plant.

Police have identified Alton Nolen, 30, as the wounded suspect. He is expected to survive.

The Daily Oklahoman reports that Nolen was fired from Vaughan Food Co. minutes before the attack. Police say he then drove to the area of the warehouse where he crashed into a car and went inside.

After entering the food processing plant, Nolen reportedly grabbed a knife and beheaded Colleen Hufford, 54, and stabbed Tracie Johnson, 43. The attack ended when Nolen was shot by Vaughan Food chief operating officer Mark Vaughan, police say.

Nolen was convicted on drug-related charges and of assaulting an officer in 2011. He was released from the corrections system in March 2013.

Several employees told police he had been trying to convert other employees to Islam. The Moore police have requested FBI assistance in looking to Nolen’s background, the Oklahoman reports.


Comments (16)

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ktyhawk @ 9/26/2014 1:53 PM

Let me guess, the DOJ will label this another "workplace violence" incident. Wake up folks. It is no longer at the door, it is in the foyer now.

Jim @ 9/26/2014 1:57 PM

Thank god that hero Deputy was there and armed or this would have been a lot worse.

The Eagle @ 9/26/2014 1:59 PM

Well, again it seems we have people jumping the gun. All the facts are not in. If he did convert to Islam, that doesn't mean that he did it in the name of his religion. Most Muslims are just like you and me: just trying to get along, to raise their families, keep food on the table, and a roof over their heads. So ktyhawk, what do you propose? Come on, let's get a life. This is America.

Lisa @ 9/26/2014 2:18 PM

Muslim or not, in the name of his religion or not.....I'm sure he did not do this because he liked his co-workers. Let's hope he is prosecuted to the full extent. Thanks to the Deputy who stopped this from going any further.

John @ 9/26/2014 2:27 PM

This why we need to do back ground checks and stop ALL ex convicts from being employed with honest good working people. These scum bags need to change there way of thinking.

[email protected] @ 9/26/2014 3:08 PM

Well, apparently, there are witnesses. He wasn't killed, so the county will have to pay for his hospitalization. It'll take a while to get the prosecution up and running. He'll have a public defender. IF he gets a death sentence, he'll have 20 years of appeals. If he is sentenced to any number of years up to natural life, he'll be a hero in prison...he's young so he'll just be in another social institution that'll foot the bill for his miserable life...We have to look at "retro abortions"..."Tommy (non-nondescript 'anyguy' inmate name) We're going to do what your mother should have done (insert age + 9 months) years ago..." Take them out on the shipping dock, a 40 caliber round in the back of the head and throw them in the dumpster...end of that problem ..."Next!"

Ali Akbar @ 9/26/2014 4:31 PM

Human garbage. Speedy trail and then death by lethal injection before he can contaminate other humans. No reason to waste meals on this throwback barbarian.

Lana @ 9/26/2014 4:49 PM

I hope he gets the death penalty with no appeals. From what I heard, this cretin converted to the Muslim religion while in jail, which indicates what inmates really learn.

Kudos to the CEO of Vaughan Foods who is a real leader; and took charge of the situation with a firearm. He is the hero of this sad story.

Jason @ 9/26/2014 7:00 PM

Eric Holder will come in and declare t as workplace violence.

Tony Hurst @ 9/26/2014 10:34 PM

@Eagle: C'mon, do you really believe what you wrote up there? Your mindset is what has caused all this........I don't even want to waste any more time responding........

James @ 9/27/2014 2:25 PM

The hero Deputy was the CEO of the company as well. He was reported to have used a "assault weapon" to neutralize the idiot. Yes he should face the same fate as his victim.

Troy @ 9/27/2014 8:23 PM

Eagle..... change your name to Sheep and say Bahhhhhhhhhh....

rmh1262 @ 9/29/2014 4:08 AM

@Bill Kays please do NOT let your apparent racism fuel hatred. The color of his skin and Obama has absolutely NOTHING to do with this attack. White men comment these types of heinous crimes all the time. Let us let the judicial system take care of Nolen. Be thankful no more persons were killed in this sad and deadly attack. Thank God for Officer Mark Vaughan being present. Great job Officer Vaughan, just wish you could have gotten to him before a life was taken.

Renee @ 9/29/2014 4:13 AM

@John...not every person whose been convicted of a crime is a deadly criminal. There are people who have honestly been rehabilitated, and are productive members of society. Some do their time, and learn from their mistakes and move on. Everyone shouldn't be punished the rest of their lives. When they are released and can not find employment for persons who think like you, they usually end up turning back to crime because we still punish them for sentencing them to life in "prison" but on the streets. This guy maybe should have been locked up, but EVERYONE who commits any crime? Really??

Michelle @ 9/29/2014 4:19 AM

Lots of racism, bigotry and hatred in the rants of most posters here. Wonder what you all really think? Was he wrong? YES, should he be punished? ABSOLUTELY! Maybe he didn't do this in the name of religion, maybe these women (in his sick mind) were the reason he was fired. Let our fine judicial system do it's job. Great job to the deputy who took him down!!!!

Richard Hightower @ 9/29/2014 10:55 AM

America and Americans are not at war with Islam -- but Islam is indeed at war with America and Americans. -- The so called "peaceful Muslims" are aiding and abetting that relatively small percentage among them that are murdering, raping, stealing, and commiting other acts of Brigandage. They are as responsible for the acts of the minority among them as the majority of Germans were responsible for the acts of the NAZI minority among them.

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