A busted television set — and subsequent argument between roommates over who would clean up the broken glass — has allegedly led to a stabbing at a Blountville residence.
The incident occurred at 11:30 p.m. Thursday at 423 Buncombe Road. Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says police are still investigating the incident with charges pending, while the man stabbed has been treated and released from the hospital.
Matthew Bingham, 18, and Wayne Colvin Jr., 28, were reportedly arguing over a recently broken TV. Witnesses told detectives that when Colvin demanded that Bingham clean up the broken glass, he refused and called Colvin a "son of a bitch."
As the argument escalated Bingham allegedly retrieved a pair of pruning shears, then attacked Colvin. As the pair struggled, according to witnesses, Colvin pulled a pocket knife and stabbed Bingham in the stomach.
An injured Bingham then fled to a family member's residence across the street. That's where he was located by police and transported to the hospital for treatment.
Earhart says Bingham's permanent address is listed at that relative's home, but he had reportedly been staying at Colvin's residence.
Police are still sorting through conflicting statements about the incident. An investigation is ongoing.
A child was at the residence when the violence erupted, leading police to make a referral to the Department of Children's Services.