Tuesday, June 17, 2008

May Street Resident Air Lifted With Stab Wounds

   A May Street man was airlifted to a Nashville hospital Monday night after he sustained multiple stab wounds during a fight.

   Lawrenceburg Police Officers were dispatched to 312 May Street around 9:00 p.m. on a fight in progress call. When they arrived, they report that victim Brian Varner, 34, walked up to them “bleeding profusely and puncture wounds on his body were visible.”

   Officers report that Varner, “was intoxicated and being loud.” He allegedly told officers that he had been stabbed by Gerald E. Doyle, 52, of 508 Cecil Street.

   A female at the residence told officers that Varner (her boyfriend) had been drinking and had become violent. She stated that her brother-in-law (Doyle) had come to use the telephone and was taking her to stay with him for the night. She stated that the two men began to fight about the situation, and ended up in a physical confrontation in the driveway.

   Several witnesses reported seeing Doyle stab Varner with a knife. Some said they attempted to intervene and knocked the knife from Doyle’s hand. He then reportedly picked up the knife and fled from the scene on foot.

   Officers report Varner had sustained two stab wounds to the left side, one to the left arm and one to the left side of his neck. He was transported by ambulance to Crockett Hospital, then later transported via Life Flight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

   Shortly, an officer located Doyle walking with another man along Cecil Street. They report he denied possessing a knife and stabbing Varner.

   When they questioned Doyle’s companion, he told officers that Varner had a knife with him, but that he had thrown it into a ditch filled with tall grass on Buffalo Road, between the driveway of Rent Right and Crescent Factory Road.

   At the time reports were filed officers were unable to locate the weapon due to darkness and the height of the weeds. They indicated they would need a metal detector to conduct a proper search.

   Doyle was placed under arrest on charges of especially aggravated assault and transported to the Lawrence County Jail. He is scheduled to answer the charge through Lawrence County General Sessions Court on August 1, 2008.