Watertown police: man stabbed with screwdriver, girlfriend arrested

Published: Mar. 22, 2022 at 11:12 AM EDT
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) -A 56-year-old Watertown man had to be airlifted to a Syracuse hospital after his girlfriend stabbed him in the chest with a screwdriver, according to city police.

Officers were called to a second-floor apartment at 309 Mill Street at around 9:30 Tuesday morning.

“Apparently someone had been stabbed with a screwdriver and patrols responded,” said Detective Lieutenant Joe Donoghue, Watertown Police Department. “We did find one male who had a screwdriver still embedded in his body.”

Police said 56-year-old Jamie Doyle had what appeared to be a small screwdriver impaled in his upper chest area. He was able to speak with officers and medical personnel.

According to police, Doyle was airlifted to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, where he underwent surgery.

Police said they arrested Doyle’s girlfriend, 51-year-old Michele Matthews, who lives in the Mill Street apartment.

Police allege Matthews intentionally stabbed Doyle with the screwdriver during a domestic dispute.

She was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Following her arraignment, Matthews was released on her own recognizance.

City police were assisted by the Watertown Fire Department, Guilfoyle Ambulance, Black River Police Department, and the Black River Apartments Management.

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