Man Who Tried to Convert Co-Workers to Islam Beheads Woman in Oklahoma


Alton Nolen, suspected of beheading a woman and stabbing another at his workplace in Oklahoma on Thursday before the company’s COO shot him, is in stable condition at a hospital, Moore police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said Friday. The surviving stabbing victim, Traci Johnson, 43, also is in stable condition at a hospital, Lewis said.

Nolen was shot by the company’s chief operating officer, Mark Vaughn, who also is a Oklahoma County reserve sheriff’s deputy, Moore police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said Friday. Vaughn’s intervention came as the attacker was stabbing Johnson at the plant, Lewis said.

Nolen had recently been trying to convert co-workers to Islam, Moore police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said Friday, citing investigators’ interviews with people. Moore police have asked the FBI to help them investigate Nolen’s background, Lewis said.


(CNN) — A man has beheaded a woman after a workplace dispute in Oklahoma, U.S. law enforcement officials told CNN on Friday.

He also tried to kill another woman, officials said.

The incident happened late Thursday afternoon at a Vaughan Foods processing plant in Moore, about 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.

There were no immediate indications of a link to terrorism, officials said.

A sheriff’s deputy shot the suspect, identified by officials as 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolan. He was taken a hospital and is expected to survive.


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