Suspect, deputy identified in Grant County shooting, stabbing

Kevin Burke (Source: Grant County Sheriff's Department)
Kevin Burke (Source: Grant County Sheriff's Department)
James Staton (Source: Grant County Sheriff's Department)
James Staton (Source: Grant County Sheriff's Department)

WILLIAMSTOWN, KY (FOX19)  - A Grant County Sheriff's Deputy is in the hospital after he was stabbed by a suspect.

Kentucky State Police says Deputy Kevin Burke, 31, was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on James Edward Staton IV, 35, of Williamstown, around 2 a.m. Monday morning.

After a short foot pursuit, Staton produced a knife and stabbed Burke numerous times. Burke then shot Staton, killing him.

The incident happened in the parking lot of Hicks and Mann Survey Company, near the Norwood Apartments on Humes Ridge Road.

Neighbors say the suspect lived in the Norwood Apartments and was a violent person who had several outstanding warrants.

"He was always talking to me about his warrants and stuff and saying that if the cops ever came, he would stab the cop," said Austin Kidd, a neighbor of Staton's. "And I guess that's what he did. He stabbed a cop, and the cop shot him."

Other neighbors say Staton seemed strange.

"Every time you would come out the steps, he would always open up the door, like he was always watching out the peephole. You know, it made you very uncomfortable," said Monica Weber. She lives next door to Staton's apartment.

Deputy Burke was flown to University Hospital for treatment. His condition has not been released.

Burke has nine years of law enforcement experience and three years with the Grant County Sheriff Department.

The incident remains under investigation.

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