NY Daily News reports: A sharp-shooting Oklahoma food company executive who enjoys quail hunting and leading Boy Scouts is being hailed a hero.
“This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it. It could have gotten a lot worse.”
— Sgt. Jeremy Lewis
Mark Vaughan — who also happens to be a reserve officer with the sheriff’s office — leapt to action when his business was under siege by an apparent ISIS copycat.
The chief operating officer of Vaughan Foods Inc. opened fire on Alton Nolen at the food distribution plant in Moore after the lunatic attacked two employees, beheading one and leaving the other in critical condition.
Vaughan is being heralded as a hero by authorities.
“This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it,” Sgt. Jeremy Lewis told the Associated Press. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”
Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel released a statement Friday afternoon saying Vaughan joined the reserve in June 2010 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division, is a member of the Fast Action Support Team and is a “highly trained member” of the Tactical Team.
“I am extremely proud of the actions of Deputy Vaughan and I am convinced those actions saved the lives of several other employees.”
— Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel
“Mark put an end to the threat by shooting the suspect and saving the life of a second victim who was being actively attacked by the suspect. There is every reason to believe that the lives of untold others were saved who would have been targeted by the suspect if it hadn’t been for Deputy Vaughan’s actions.” Read the rest of this entry »
A sheriff’s deputy shot the suspect, identified by officials as 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolan. The deceased victim has been identified as 54-year-old Colleen Hufford.
(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.
UPDATE: FBI looking into Moore beheading after suspect tried to convert others to Islam
UPDATE: No evidence of link to terror groups
New details from NBC:
The circumstances of Nolen’s firing weren’t made public. Some co-workers told police that he had recently converted to Islam and had been trying to convert them. Law enforcement officials told NBC News that his conversion took place during his recent stint in prison, which ended in March 2013, records show. A search of his home and car didn’t immediately yield any connection to radical fundamentalism and there’s no indication he had been in contact with terrorists groups such as ISIS, sources said.
Local authorities are working with the FBI to do an extensive background investigation on Nolen, Lewis said. Law enforcement officials say they are looking into his online activities and whether a Facebook page that contains materials with terrorist and fundamentalist themes was maintained by Nolen under an alias. Nolen does have an extensive rap sheet, including assault and battery on a police officer and escape from detention, according to NBC affiliate KFOR.
The Moore Police Department released the 911 tapes associated with the attack.
MOORE, Okla. – KFOR-TV reports: Officials with the Moore Police Department say the FBI is now involved in the investigation related to a brutal attack of workers at a food distribution plant.
“No link to terrorism.” What does this mean? Is there like a terrorist guild that approves acts of terrorism?
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) September 26, 2014
Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he drove to the front of the business, hit a vehicle and walked inside.
He walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife.
“Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.”
Sgt. Lewis confirms the type of knife used in the attack is the same kind used at the plant.
Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that Nolen “severed her head.”
At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.
Officials say at that point, Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.
“He’s a hero in this situation,” Sgt. Lewis said, referring to Vaughan. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”
Authorities say it appears Nolen was attacking employees at random.
Johnson is in stable condition at a local hospital, recovering from her injuries.
The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after recently converting himself. [See the text of the 911 tapes] Read the rest of this entry »