Gray man holds ex-girlfriend hostage, attempts suicide

February 5, 2016
Josh Phillips

Josh Phillips

When the Barbourville Police Department responded to what they were told was a burglary in progress, it soon became evident that the situation was much more dire.


Josh Phillips, 23, of Gray, broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home around 1:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, by shattering a window. Once inside, Phillips armed himself with a knife from the kitchen and threatened to kill himself. Phillips refused to let the resident leave the apartment, but she managed to escape and called police from a neighbor’s house. Phillips followed his ex to the neighbor’s house, forcing his way inside, still armed with a knife.

Barbourville Police Officer Elijah Broughton was the first to respond to the scene.

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