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(MOORE, Okla.) — Alton Nolen, the man accused of stabbing two women and beheading one of them during a rampage at a Moore food processing plant, was charged with murder on Tuesday.

According to court documents, Nolen left the human resources office after being suspended on the day of the attack. He drove to his residence to retrieve a knife, which he hid in his shoe prior to returning to the Vaughan Foods facility. The Moore Police Department said that Nolen “became angry” after being let go from his job.

Police said Nolen severed the head of the first woman he attacked with a knife that is commonly used by employees at the plant. He then stabbed the second victim multiple times.

Nolen was then shot by an off-duty Oklahoma County Reserve officer who also works at Vaughan Foods.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said on Tuesday that Nolen was charged with first-degree murder, and that he intends to file two charges of assault with a deadly weapon against the 30-year-old as well.

Nolen was convicted of assault and battery on a police officer in 2011 and was imprisoned until his release in 2013. He is still on parole.

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