UPDATE: Suspect Captured and Charged after Stabbing Incident in Barbourville, Kentucky lead to Hard Lockdown of two Knox County Schools in Proximity of the Scene


BARBOURVILLE, KY (August 31, 2022) - An individual being sought by law enforcement in Knox County was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon August 31, 2022 in connection to a stabbing incident earlier Wednesday that lead to a precautionary hard lockdown of two schools in proximity of the scene.

According to the Knox County Detention Center JailTracker, Steven Lee Broughton age 32 of Barbourville, KY was booked into the facility on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 4:13 P.M.  

Steven Broughton is charged with: 

    Bond Amount $100,000.00 - Type CASH
    Bond Amount $500.00 - Type CASH

Photo of the accused is courtesy of the Knox County Detention Center.

Other information:

Middle Name: LEE
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 145 lbs
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BLUE
Race: White
Sex: M
Arresting Officer: LAWSON J
Badge: 31
Arresting Agency: BARBOURVILLE
Arrest Date: 08/31/2022
State: KY
Zip: 40906



BARBOURVILLE, KY (August 31, 2022) - The Knox County, Sheriff's Department is reporting that: Due to a stabbing incident in the city of Barbourville around noon today, Sheriff Mike Smith, the department's deputies, and school resource officers placed two schools in proximity of the scene on lockdown as a precaution.

Due to this incident, both Lay Elementary and Knox Middle School will not have after-school activities and no child will be allowed to walk home from their respective schools.

Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith states that the suspect, 32-year-old Steve Broughton is in custody as of approximately 3:00 P.M.

  • He will be lodged in the Knox County Detention Center
  • Charges are forthcoming

Photo of the accused is courtesy of the Knox County, Sheriff's Department.

Our department wants to assure the public that no child was in danger during this incident due to the quick response from the schools and local law enforcement.

We are working closely with local authorities to bring this situation to a close as quickly and safely as possible.


BARBOURVILLE, KY (August 31, 2022)

Knox County Public Schools reported at 12:43 P.M.

Lay Elementary and Knox Middle families:
Our schools are on hard lockdown (no entry or exit) as a precautionary measure due to a police involved situation in part of the city. Our SROs (school resource officers) are at both schools. We will let you know when the status changes.

Knox County Public Schools reported at 2:15 P.M. that:

Knox County Public Schools will be dismissing on regular schedule at all campuses this afternoon. We will have extra law enforcement and administrative staff on site to assist the impacted schools.

  • 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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