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State Senator Critically Wounded in Stabbing, Son Shot Dead

State Senator Critically Wounded in Stabbing, Son Shot Dead

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds is in critical condition after being stabbed at his home Tuesday morning. His son, Gus, was shot to death during the incident. UPDATE: According to NBC4's Julie Carey, Deeds was stabbed by his son, who then committed suicide.

From NBC Washington:

Democratic sources tell News4 that Deeds' son Austin "Gus" Deeds attacked his father Tuesday morning before turning a gun on himself. Police say Gus Deeds died at the scene.

Virginia State Police were called to Deeds' home at 7:25 a.m., and the senator was flown to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville.

This is a picture of Deeds with his son Gus (right front) after Deeds's 2009 defeat in Virginia's gubernatorial election.

State Senator Critically Wounded in Stabbing, Son Shot Dead

UPDATE 2:16 PM: According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, Gus Deeds had just been released from a local hospital, where he underwent a mental health evaluation performed under an emergency custody order. He was reportedly released because authorities couldn't find a psychiatric bed for him in western Virginia.

The Times Dispatch has more information about the incident and Sen. Deeds' injuries:

At a news conference in Charlottesville, a Virginia State Police spokeswoman said Deeds was stabbed numerous times in the head and torso but was alert and had given statements to authorities. She said Deeds, who was being treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center, had been seriously wounded.

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Deeds and his son, Gus, 24, were the only people at the residence at the time of the stabbing, state police Sgt. Mike King confirmed at the scene. King said that Gus Deeds died of an "apparent" self-inflicted gunshot wound inside.

Deeds was stabbed numerous times before walking down a private drive and out to state Route 42, where he was picked up by a cousin who lives nearby, King told The Roanoke Times. Deeds was flown to the hospital from the cousin’s farm, King added.

[Image via AP]

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