WATERTOWN, NY — The Watertown Police Department released the following statement at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2021:
“Last evening, at about 7:20 PM, dispatch received multiple calls of a stabbing at East Hills Apartments in our city. Officers from our department responded with assistance from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police. Sheriff deputies and state police were first to arrive and found a 15-year-old male with a significant stab wound to his upper leg. The officers administered first aid until personnel from the Watertown Fire Department and Guilfoyle Ambulance arrived to treat the victim.
Guilfoyle Ambulance transported the victim from the scene to the town of Watertown where he was flown by helicopter to Upstate University Hospital. As of this morning, the victim has been released.
In addition to the first victim, officers found two additional male victims, aged 15 and 13 years old, who also were injured. Both were treated at the scene for their cuts. Guilfoyle Ambulance transported both males to Samaritan Medical Center where they received further treatment for their injuries. Both males have since been released.
At this time, the investigation shows an 18-year-old male injured the three males with a knife. Initially, he fled through the back of the complex where he discarded the knife. He was later located nearby behind the buildings in the Northland Plaza. He agreed to come to our station, where he was interviewed and assisted with the investigation before leaving. The knife has since been located.
This remains an active investigation.
In addition to the above, our department detectives was assisted by NYSP Bureau of Criminal Investigations investigators, Jefferson County Sheriff detectives, Metro Jeff Drug Task Force detectives, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Child Advocacy Center, which responded with their mobile unit and personnel to assist with interviews.”
Joseph R. Donoghue Sr.