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Barbourville stabbing incident leads to school lockdowns, Knox County Sheriff apprehends suspect

From The Barbourville Police Department/added content from WRIL -

UPDATE: During the investigation officers determined that an argument occurred between Steven Broughton and Shawn Hamilton.

While arguing, the two began fighting when the suspect, 32-year-old Steven Broughton of Barbourville, began stabbing the victim, 30-year-old Shawn Hamilton of Robinson Creek KY. Hamilton sustained multiple stab wounds, was treated by Knox EMS, and then transported to Barbourville ARH where he was flown by air ambulance to University of Tennessee Medical Center. Hamilton's condition is unknown at this time.

At the time of the complaint, School Resource Officers with the Knox County Schools and Barbourville City School were made aware of the situation and initiated lockdown protocols.

At 3:00 PM Sheriff Mike Smith located and arrested Broughton on Turner Loop in the Gray community.

Steven Broughton has been charged with Assault 1st Degree and lodged in the Knox County Detention Center with a $100,000 bond. Sergeant Josh Lawson of the Barbourville Police Department is continuing the investigation.


On Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 12:09 PM the Barbourville Police Department responded to a stabbing located on 3rd Street. Officers determined the victim had been stabbed several times and the suspect had fled the scene of foot.

School Resource Officers were immediately notified and schools activated their lockdown procedures at Barbourville Independent Schools.

The Knox County Sheriff's Department also had Lay Elementary and Knox County Middle School on lockdown as a precaution.

Law enforcement is still looking for the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Steven Broughton

of Barbourville, last seen wearing khaki shorts, belt, and blue Under Armour sneakers. Broughton was shirtless at the time he fled the scene.

Knox County Public Schools will be dismissing on regular schedule at all campuses this afternoon (August 31, 2022). They will have extra law enforcement and administrative staff on site to assist the impacted schools.

Due to this incident:

• No students will be permitted to walk home from KCMS or Lay.

• No after-school activities will be held at KCMS or Lay.

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