Moore Police Statement on Fired Empolyee Beheading Coworker Case

Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, Moore, OK, Police Department

Moore Police received a 911 call from 216 NE 12th (Vaughn Foods) in reference to a subject attacking employees inside the business. As officers responded the caller advised someone had been stabbed then gunshots were fired inside the business. Officers entered the business treating it as an active shooter incident.

Once inside officers found two female victims with knife wounds. Officers also found a male who had been shot. Officers secured the business and evacuated all the employees and the injured. The Moore Police Department Tactical Team conducted a search of the business and did not find any other victims or suspects.

Initial investigation shows that Alton Nolen (8-16-84) who was an employee of Vaughn Foods was terminated and became angry. Nolen went to the parking lot, then drove his vehicle to the front of the business where he hit another vehicle. Nolen then entered the main entrance into the front office. Nolen encountered and killed Colleen
Hufford (01-05-60) with a knife. During the attack, Nolan severed the victims head. Nolen then began assaulting a second victim, identified as Traci Johnson (06-17-71), with the same knife. Mark Vaughn, who is an the Chief Operating Officer and a reserve Oklahoma County Deputy confronted Nolen and shot him stopping the assault.
Nolan and the second victim were transported to the hospital where both are now in stable condition.

After conducting interviews with Nolen’s co-workers, information was obtained that he recently started trying to convert several employees to the Muslim religion. Due to the manner of death and the initial statements of co-workers and other initial information, the Moore Police Department requested the assistance of the FBI in conducting a background investigation on Nolan.