Virginia legislator critically wounded after stabbing; son dead from gunshot

Virginia legislator critically wounded after stabbing; son dead from gunshot

Virginia legislator critically wounded after stabbing; son dead from gunshot

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by 13News Now

KMOV.com

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 11:34 AM

BATH COUNTY-Sen. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia in 2009, is in critical condition after being stabbed in his Bath County home early Tuesday.  

His 24-year-old son Gus, who'd been shot, didn't survive.

The 55-year-old senator was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center after being found in his home around 7:25 a.m. as they responded to a 911 assault call, Va. State Police said.

"We believe it incident occurred this morning, shortly before the 9-1-1 call came in," Geller added.

She would not speculate on whether Gus Deeds' gunshot was self inflicted; however, Geller did say officers are not looking for suspects.  

"(Sen. Deeds) is being treated for serious injuries," said State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

She would not speculate on whether Gus Deeds' gunshot was self inflicted; however, Geller did say officers are not looking for suspects.  

Geller also said Sen. Deeds made comments to police before getting medical care.

Investigators are working to determine the sequence of events and a possible motive.

Deeds, a Democrat, has been a member of the Virginia Senate representing the 25th District that includes Charlottesville, since 2001.

Governor Bob McDonnell reacted to the news saying, “In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family. The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking. Creigh Deeds is an exceptional and committed public servant who has always done what he believes is best for Virginia and who gives his all to public service. He cares deeply about Virginia, and the people of Virginia care deeply for him. I urge all Virginians today to join me in praying for a full and complete recovery for Creigh and for many more years of his public service to the Commonwealth. At this moment, our state unites in prayer for Creigh Deeds and his family.” 

McDonnell defeated Deeds both in the 2009 governor's race and in the 2005 race for Attorney General.

Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe said, “Dorothy and I are praying for Senator Creigh Deeds and his family in the wake of this awful tragedy. This is a truly sad day for Virginia and for the many people who know Creigh as the fine public servant and friend he is. We join people across the Commonwealth and country in wishing him a full recovery.”

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