N.Y. man found with screwdriver sticking out of chest airlifted

Jamie M. Doyle, 56, was able to speak with officers and paramedics with a small screwdriver lodged in his upper chest

James McClendon

Watertown, N.Y. — A Jefferson County man was airlifted to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse after a woman stabbed him in the chest with a screwdriver, police said.

Police were called at about 9:36 a.m. to a second-floor apartment at 309 Mill St., after it was reported that the woman was stabbing the man, Watertown police spokesman Det. Lt. Joseph R. Donoghue Sr. said.

The responding officers found Jamie M. Doyle, 56, with a small screwdriver lodged in his upper chest, Donoghue said. He was still able to speak with officers and paramedics.

Doyle was transported by Guilfoyle Ambulance from the apartment, and then he was brought to a Life Net helicopter to be flown to Upstate University Hospital, the area's closest level 1 trauma center.

Police found Michele L. Matthews, 51, in her apartment also at 309 Mill St., Donoghue said.

Police later learned that Matthews had intentionally stabbed Doyle with the screwdriver during a domestic in her apartment, according to the release.

Matthews and Doyle are currently girlfriend and boyfriend, said Lt. Joseph Donoghue, of the Watertown Police Department.

Matthews was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, a class D felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor.

She was taken to Watertown City Court for arraignment, and released on her own recognizance.

The Watertown Fire Department, the Black River Police Department and Black River Apartments Management assisted with the investigation.

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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